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a Wall Street Insurance Office, and dwells in Grand Street, board-
ing with the little Nova-Scotian washerwoman.  The Picayune is
moderately prosperous, (the Pick having been bought out.)     Banks, one
evening brought up a certain O Mana to see me, who proved to be
the individual whom I had known as the younger Manning, on board
the Wenham, six years ago.    He says he is a Virginian, and
accounts for his then assuming a brother and a name, intimating he was
a sort of supercargo aboard the vessel.      /      Will Waud, I learn from
his brother, left England in consequence of having seduced the girl at
Sydenham.   She was, when with her sister, she called at Vassall Place
about to become a mother.  He wrote her in adieu, promising to send
her money from the U. S.      They went to his residence to ascertain
whether his departure were fact or no,   money, the sister said, they
did not want,   her friends would take care of her.     So then his
spleen at everything proceeds but from internal jaundice, and justly
deserved self discontent.     With his morbid self esteem venting itself
in ill-nature and intolerant speech, never I think was there mor-
tal more unendurable,   ever trying as he is to impale his soul
on the Nil Admirari point, ever stretching his little heighth to
look to the Almighty and say of his work  It is not good!    /
     Alf too, has engaged in a sorry enterprise, of which after
some half hints, partly dogged, partly sorrowful he gave me the
particulars, one evening as we sat in his Fulton Street room, his
brother being only present.     Becoming acquainted at Dobsons boar-
ding house with the young and newly wed wife of an Engineer, (whose
avocations lay on Ocean Steamers,) intimacy, passion and sin fol-
lowed,   platonism, sentiment, sympathy and all the pander-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and thirty-one
Description:Regarding learning from Alf Waud that his brother Will left England because he had seduced a girl at Sydenham and gotten her pregnant.
Date:1855-08-04
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Brainard; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Manning (O�Mana); New York picayune.; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Fulton Street; Grand Street; Wall Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven
Description:Includes an account of his family history and descriptions of his visits with family and friends in England, witnessing a procession for Louis Napoleon in London, traveling in Paris with his brothers Charley and Edwin, his friend Harry Price's mental illness, his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the ship Washington, the marriage of Fanny Fern and James Parton, meetings of the Ornithoryncus Club in New York, and Alfred Waud's elopement with Mary Brainard.
Subject:Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):London, England; Paris, France; New York, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.