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to stay there, on account of             He, with his  wife,  board
in rather an out of the way place in Hoboken.     I saw her
for the first time.   She is fair in complexion, tallish in stature,
and plump in figure. She s evidently fond of him, but I think
her nature s no very deep one.  She has that air of petted, half-
spoiled child-womanishness so common in Yankee females.  She
said very little, seemed to have no thought of grave consciousness of
her position, and be very well content with the exchange of an
obnoxious husband for an agreable lover.     I believe she feels
no jot of moral degradation, and like mine out of every ten of
the women you meet here would only become conscious of it through
the medium of suffering.     She is, I think about to become a mot-
her also.               Alf was very cordial, and evidently believes in her,
though there may be an undercurrent of conscience telling him that
good front will scarcely grow from so bad a root.     I supped
with them in the basement, with other boarders, & afterwards as-
cended to an upper room.   They live, under his own name, as
man and wife.     We had almonds & raisins, and grog, and Alf
read to us, she seated in a rocking chair, at a little distance off,
and, as before said saying mighty little.         By 9 1/2 left,
through the dusky, chill Hoboken streets, and over to the black river
to New York, at the upper part of which a great fire was visible.
       Ah, well!   My chill little room, (with future hopes of Han-
nah to wife, and such a home as I ll then make,) is better than
that Hoboken one!
  9 8. Tuesday.  Writing.  A letter from Damoreau & note from
John Brougham.  To the Mercantile all the afternoon.  Dropped in
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and fifty-four
Description:Describes meeting Mrs. Brainard for the first time.
Date:1855-10-08
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Brainard; Brougham, John; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Fires; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Marriage; Waud, Alfred; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Hoboken, [New Jersey]
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.