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devils in disguise smoothing the easy descent downwards.     The
husband he paints as as a coarse, vulgar man, to whom she,
unknowing her own nature, was made over, by father and mother.
Of his own struggles towards right, Alf speaks strongly, though per-
haps without exaggeration.   He, once intended joining the Kin-
ney expedition, (a Nicaraguan filibustering business,) but the
scene of the anticipated parting reversed all,   and an elopement was
the result.     He carried her off to Communipaw, on the Jersey shore,
where she now is, dwelling as his  sister  she going thither twice
or thrice a week.     She left a letter half intimating an intention of
committing suicide, (  her bonnet &c was left on one of the north
river docks, but being snapped up by some one, this devised evi-
dence did not appear.)     Advertisements were put in papers, and
Waud being suspected, was visited, by father and husband, dogged
and watched by police in disguise for weeks, even to the present
time, with as yet, no result.     On one occasion he led a spy
a prodigious nocturnal walk, (a la Hannibal,) far along the
Jersey shore, back to New York, to Brooklyn, and finally
to his own lodgings.     On another, the husband, (who had caused
it to be reported that he had gone to sea,) tracked him, kept him
company for some time under a feigned name, then revealing himself,
insisted on knowing whither he was bound for, not being satisfied
till Waud took him to Orr s, at Newark.               The pursuit has
slackened now.     Waud intends, that as soon as a divorce shall
have legalized the business, to marry the woman.     And so stands
the matter now.     She is handsome, (I have seen her portrait,)
young, American-French in descent, and, he says, passionately
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and thirty-two
Description:Describes Alf Waud's tale of how he eloped with Mrs. Brainard and is keeping her hidden from her husband at Communipaw.
Date:1855-08-04
Subject:Brainard; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Jewell, Mrs.; Police; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.