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house, and spreads evil reports about him,   telling the
landlord that he s living with another man s wife.     Also
mysterious man, (who is supposed to be an officer or hired spy)
endeavours to persuade Alf to stop a day later or so than he
intended,   which he promises and clears out.     Takes  Mary 
to hotel where she hears talk of her mother and sister
being there, and of her father coming on from New York.
Alf moves her to Charlestown, where they now are.    He
is watched, and mysterious man has bribed young fellow,
son to boarding house people to track him   who tells Alf, 
and spends the money with him.    Thus it goes.  Alf
will be a father soon.
  19.  Tuesday.   An avenue walk and across to the
East River.   Bitter cold wind and blue sky.    My brain
apparently in a sort of troubled congestion.  Writing when I
got back, slowly, painfully, laboriously, miserably.
  20.  Wednesday.  Another bit of a walk and then to
the Astor Library, to do a little more for compilation book.
There till return for dinner.     Evening to Waverly House,
and saw Parton, not his wife, she indisposed.  Walked
to Franklin Street, called unsuccessfully at Montgomery s,
then to Canal Street and saw little Dobson.   Just
the same little woman.     Talked of moving, (as she has
done any time this six years), and of people who owe her
money   Damoreau and Waud among  em.   Alf owes
her $50.          Getting Mason s address from her I set
off and called on him finding him playing bluff with the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page two hundred and five
Description:Describes a letter from Alf Waud describing the pursuit of himself and Mary by her parents in Boston.
Date:1856-02-18
Subject:Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Detectives; Dobson, Mrs.; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Manning (O'Mana, Montgomery); Mason; Parton, James; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street; Franklin Street; Waverly House
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.