This collection includes first hand descriptions written by audience members. One caveat: some of these may have been promotional blurbs rather than actual accounts by audience members. Still, it's interesting to consider how these possibly "fake" reports fanned interest in Pastrana's performances.
Various online resources
Julia Pastrana Online
Negative description of Pastrana who was performing at the Kroll's Establishment in Berlin.
Negative reaction to Pastrana, "this singular and detestably ugly specimen of humanity." Doctors believe that "she belongs to a distinct species of the human family" (column 2).
Opate Indians, doctors including Stone and Mott, Description, levees throughout day. (Column 3)
Interaction between Lent and audience member. They make a bet and the audience member tells a story about seeing another Bear Woman.
Seeing Pastrana in London
Saw in Harrisburg, Digger Indian story apocryphal, bearish, racist language), "Dances gracefully" and singing characterized as "operatic peacock order."
Pastrana's performance in Raleigh, NC. "She is talkative, good-natured, and quite intelligent--and full of fun and mischief. We advise all to see her."
Pastrana's performances completed. Strong language about how repugnant this viewer found Pastrana's appearance.
Negative response to JP's performance--"ensure disgust"
Pastrana described as "good natured and good hearted, fond of good living herself, and always ready to relieve those in need." Mention of donation to victims of fire in Toronto.