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  2.  Sunday.  To Brooklyn, and called on Swinton,
who, since leaving his ill-considered and disastrous farm en-
terprize in Jersey, has taken a house there, where he works
at his old craft.  (I thought a call might stimulate payment
of the remaining half of the money invested for him in illustrated
books when in London.)             He works for Leslie, Orr &c
and had something to tell me incidental of Alf Waud. Not
Orr, meeting him, (Swinton,) spoke of the husband and father
of Alf s mistress being aware of his and her locality,   saying
that they had resolved to interfere no further   and that Brain-
ard purposed getting a divorce.       Also Swinton told the husband s
version of the romantic-pursuit episode on the Jersey shore,  
by which it appears that Alf was chased for a mile or more,
and that Brainard drew a pistol on him, half compelling him
to go to Nat Orrs, at Bergen, as his suppostitious destination,
  To Parton s after dinner.  With him and Haney in Wash
ington Square, on to Edwards for an hour in the evening.
To my room early, in order to write to Hannah.
  3.  Monday.  Mercantile Library.  Writing to Hannah
till 2 P.M.
  4. Tuesday.  Post Office.  Got some dozen resposes to
Tribune advertisement.     Made calls in answer, Parton doing
the like.    Mercantile.  Sol Eytinge and W. Waud up in the
afternoon.  Haney too, subsequently.        Name of the boarding
places decided on.    One I found, might, I think, have done,
but for it s cheapness,   which, in conjunction with untidiness of
appearance   made Parton veto it.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and seventy-eight
Description:Describes a talk with Alfred Swinton about Brainard's pursuit of his wife and Alf Waud.
Date:1855-12-02
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Brainard; Divorce; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jewell; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Orr, Nat; Parton, James; Swinton, Alfred; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Washington Square
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.