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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 184, April 13, 1853

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Identifier: DX01259647

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 184, April 13, 1853

Description: Describes attending a gymnastics exhibition.


gallery erected for them. All the Gymnasts where drawn up in rank, costumed, and the outer ring of the room filled with spectators of both sex. I endured the heat & pressure awhile, then wrote a few words on a scrap of paper, got them passed to Bartlett on the sports commencing, and incontinently stepping over some three or four benches, entred [entered] the open space, there in all the dignity of amateur reporter for the nonce. The fellows did Calisthenics, ring-practice, rope climbing, bar-practice, spring board leaping, dumbell lifting, and any amount of feats of strength, Dodsworth’s band accompanying. A little fencing under the direction of (Hammersley, (the Thames-panorama snob-lecturer.) He sought me anon, seeing me note taking, and talked apeishly. By 10 the performances ended. [Alfred] Waud, [Joseph H.] Brightly & [Charles] Brown joined me, to the tavern, ale, & then I left them walking down the filthy, muddy, musty, evil looking streets unto Nassau, there upstairs into the “Times” sanctorum. Hot glaring lights over desks, three men at penwork. Gave [Charles] Welden notes & he wrote. Slips of M S & proof constantly ascending & descending by means of continuance. Colloquays with men upstairs by tubes. I sat and read the half of the morrows “Times,” a sort of anachronism in its way. Welden ending his task by past midnight, I left him at the end of his street, and off to bed. It is weary

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-04-13

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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