November 7, 1849 (Wednesday)

Agreeably disappointed in regard to the weather; it has been a beautiful afternoon, tho somewhat damp this evening.

Went to see the great play of “Sir Guy Mannering,” about which there has been so much said and written, and was hardly ever more disappointed—In my opinion it is a very poor drama.

Guy Mannering, or The Gypsy’s Prophecy (1816), a musical play in three acts, was written by Daniel Terry (ca. 1780–1829) and based on the immensely popular novel Guy Mannering, or the Astrologer (1815) by Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832). Nathan saw the play at the Walnut Street Theatre with Charlotte Cushman in the role of Meg Merrilies, a “stern and prophetic gypsy woman.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer did not agree with Nathan.  They called Cushman’s performance “extraordinary” and claimed “the audience, who witnessed this splendid effort, the most enthusiastic and reiterated marks of approbation.”  Finally, the paper highly recommended the play stating, “we would enjoin all those who desire to witness a magnificent dramatic effort, to be present.”


“Amusements.” Philadelphia Inquirer, November 7, 1849, 1.

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