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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 33, September 23-27, 1849

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Identifier: DX08920147

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 33, September 23-27, 1849

Description: Discusses meeting Edward Heylyn and seeing a play called Slasher and Crasher at the National Theater.


New York with [Jabez] Wing & Joe [Greatbatch]. Battery. The Park. Sherry-cobbler and to Jersey.

24. Monday. Morning, afternoon, — drawing. A letter from Miss C. E. Beecher — the Hartford authoress, relative to the book of hers. Going to the Post Office in the Evening, found a letter there from [Edward] Heylyn, dated August the 23rd. Wrote him an answer.

25. Tuesday. Drawing till Evening. Joe off for Connecticut in the afternoon. Evening looked in at the Temperance Hall. Subsequently a walk up and about Pavonia with Ben Haun, his brother John, and divers of the “Apollo association,” — all of ‘em singing nigger songs, and howling, alternately.

26. Wednesday. To New York, posted letter and drawing for [John] Sartain, Phila. Then a call or so in Nassau. Mr. [Robert] Roberts at the American Tract Society. Got a cheering and instructive account of the piety and evaporation of a small girl to illustrate for him. Back to Jersey. In the afternoon in came Heylyn (en bon point and whiskerless.) Thinks of architecturalizing. Drawing with him, [Jabez] Wing and [Silenus] Brinsley. He left at 6. With Wing over to Peale’s Hotel, where Heylyn was stopping at, and all three to the “National.” The adelphi farce of “Slasher and Crasher,” another piece and a terrific melo-drame with a ghost and murder in it, altogether smelling strong of the “Royal Vic and Miss Vincent.” During the pieces went into the Saloon to drink. “B’hoys,” harlots and harlotry. Left Heylyn at his place and walked home. Rainy night.

27. Thursday. To New York. Roberts’ for blocks. To Heylyn’s and with him first to a gun smiths, where we examined some of these great improvements in the art of homicide “revolvers,” then to Putnams. Then to

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1849-09-23

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Drawing
Publishers and publishing


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