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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 60, December 1-4, 1849

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Identifier: DX09008998

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 60, December 1-4, 1849

Description: Discusses seeing a burlesque and visiting Joe and the Greatbatch family.



1. Saturday. Lithographing “Mose [among the Britishers].” In the evening with [Jabez] Wing and Sandy to “Mitchell’s” Olympic. Divers operatic burlesques. The best Wigans “Jenny Lind” (of Lyceum production). A Miss Mary Taylor the main prop of each piece, a clever actress and singer. The other pieces “incomprehensible shows to set on a parcel of barran spectators to laugh.”

2. Sunday. In the afternoon crossed for the purpose of visiting Christopher Street, and spite of hail storm did so; — calling on Joe [Greatbatch] and Duane Square by the way. Says he’s ill, swelled face,“liver” out of order (!) &c too cold to stir out &c. Left him and on to Mr. [Joseph] Greatbatch’s. Tea. During the evening talk of Mr. Alcock, Mr. G’s employer. I am, I think wrong in thinking them chilly in their reception of me, ‘tis but reserve, and natural to him. Left at 9, and walk Jersey-wards, through a pouring, pitiless hail storm, street pavement slippery as grass, lamps few and far between, and few humans about. Ferry boat and red hot stove.

3. Monday. “Mose” all day. Grievously plagued by a tooth insisting on making its appearance at this unseasonable period of life. Head ache, gum throbbing, knife thrusting. Snow, wind, rain, hail out of doors. Wing talks of migrating in a day or two if “nothing turns up.” Writing to [William] Boutcher in the Evening, Wing been at New York, theatricalizing and thereanent. Oh God why have I no letter from Mary [Bilton]?

4. Tuesday. Went to the Post Office, sent off letter to [William] Boutcher.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1849-12-01

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Burlesque (Theater)


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