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became acquaintance with him through Bellew.     Well, this
minor Jerrold having offered various plays to different
managers, sold a story to Levison for $25, and
half contracted with a publisher to get out a book about
London writers, yesterday bolted to Nicaragua, leaving
his wife behind, without a cent in the world, and res-
ponsible for some $60 at the lodging house, where they
had stopped at.     Bellew abetted the business, helping him
with money, which he got, in advance from Levison.   The
woman is said to be tall and respectable, her husband
moody, sulky, and the match an ill-considered one.
This day the comes crying to Levisons office, and he
has been playing the part of Good Samaritan, relieving her
with some little monies, and getting up a subscription.
His conduct, (though stimulated by a little self flattery)
shows out well in contrast with that of his hateful wife.
At supper table we had quite a scene on the topic! Mrs
L talked as only a small minded, rancourous woman can
about the unhappy wife.   It must be her fault.  She
didn t believe she was married to the man.     Before she
would care about a man who deserted her, when she could
get another man to walk with her   !   She ought to
be kicked !  with much more of the like hate for 
wretchedness.        The argument quite reached the personal.
      /     Dropped into Banks, where I found Yewel, and
Montgomery comic presently.
  26. Saturday.  To Strongs and   got my drawing re-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and ninety-nine
Description:Regarding Douglas Jerrold abandoning his wife in New York and leaving for Nicaragua, and Mrs. Levison's comments about it.
Date:1856-01-25
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jerrold, Douglas; Jerrold, Douglas, Mrs.; Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; Manning (O'Mana, Montgomery); Strong, Thomas; Women; Yewell, George
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.