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under the title of Doctor Cheeseman s Female pills   the name being
a plagiarism of that of a well known physician.     The nostrum
was advertised after the usual damnable mode, as not to be
taken by women during pregnancy.  Of course  twas merely Abortion
made easy, and this old, bald sinner, and father of a family
told me in high glee how many  girls in the family way  came
to see the Doctor,   whom he occasionally personated, for a salary
of $10 per week.  You never did see such times,  said he.
 Upon my word the place was nothing better than a brothel.  Hut-
chings too, with his brother &c swindled some Italian of $800.
( But they always paid me, honorable enough,  quoth Alcock.) Wood-
ward, he heard was on a farm in New Jersey.  He never
comes to New York   don t dare to, I suppose,  he said.
Bunnell has, after trying-land speculation, i has gone west.
Glover is hardish-up.               I think that the people who
have been connected with the  Picayune  in the way of proprietor-
ship, editorializing &c, have, up to the advent of Haney
been the vilest, most dirty souled knaves conceivable.   Hutchings
and Woodward, founders, Scoville, Harrington, (Vose I only
know of as a fool, but there s no reason to think him better
than the rest,) Robinson, Glover &c &c            I ll write
no more about them.                                     A letter from Alf
Waud, containing one for his brother.     He, Alf is at
work for Andrew, drawing the birds eye view of Boston from the
State House cupola.     Damoreau s wife has not yet joined him,
being says Waud  as full of tantrums as she can be,  and on the
credit of pregnancy drawing all possible money from Charley.  She
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and sixty-nine
Description:Describes a conversation with Alcock about former proprietors of ''The New York Picayune.''
Subject:Abortion; Alcock; Andrew; Bunnell; Damoreau, Beatrice (Prideaux); Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Glover, Thad; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Harrington; Hutchings, Dick; Marriage; Medical care; New York picayune.; Pregnancy; Publishers and publishing; Scoville, Joe; Vose; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William; Women; Woodward
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.