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lishment, owned by one Gibson, a countryman of his, and
rails against the Germans and Irish.     We had ale, and a
cordial talk at the Star, and I then saw him to his lodgings,
on the farther side of Canal Street.     I m glad he is in New
York, and am less alone in the knowledge of it.
  18.  Tuesday.  Writing hard all day, down town only to din-
ner.   Banks up, and Waud, the latter to tell how the Father
of his    wife  had called upon him, stated that he held him in-
nocent of the matter, that the husband has gone to Germany,
that he himself don t care a bit what becomes of his daughter,
as she s either dead or a     with much more.    Among th
items was one edifying one apropos of that small beast little Dob-
son.  How in the watching instituted by the husband and fat-
her of Mrs Brainard, (Alf s  wife, ) Dob had been tracked, in
company with three several men to a house of ill fame, and an
abortionists.     Out upon her stinking soul!               Alf says  So
Mary has only him to look too new.     I tell him there s no
certainty of lasting union between them unless he can get a divorce
and marry her.  If that s not done               He s much
changed, moody, talks low in tone, and don t look at you
when he speaks.
  My head is full of brain traps now.   I ve these projects on
hand.
  The Book in conjunction with Parton, necessitating going through
innumerable volumes, and much copying.
  Writing the Physiology of New York Boarding houses, resuming
an old intention, doing many little cuts on wood, illustrative of it,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and forty-eight
Description:Regarding a talk with Alf Waud about a visit he received from Mrs. Brainard's father, Jewell.
Date:1855-09-17
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Brainard; Divorce; Dobson, Mrs.; Gibson; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Marriage; Parton, James; Publishers and publishing; Waud, Alfred; Whitelaw, Matthew; Writing
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Canal 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.