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ling her, the girls retired into a back room, where they
doubtless applied their eyes or ears to the keyhole.  Mrs
J is a goodish-looking amiable sort of woman of over
forty.    After a bit of prelude touching my mission  
as inquiring whether she was not aware of her daughter
being with Alf, I read his letter to her, according
to instructions.   Here  tis, as I shall copy it under
the title of
     How Alf Waud came to break the Seventh
   I write the following pages in order to give my
account, as fairly as I am able, of the reasons which
led to Mary s flight and subsequent concealment.
I will premise with the declaration that I am not
a roue, and, I hope, not a villain, as some in New
York consider me.    Those who know me best can
testify that in relation to the other sex I have been
unusually pure and honest*.     Enough: in Decem-
ber 1854, whilst a boarder at 177 Canal Street,
Mary, accompanied by her husband became
a resident.   It was not till some time after her
first appearance that I noticed her; then I saw
on a casual observation only a well developed girl with
an expression of secret care and disappointment; and
  *  True.    Alf only made one slip, before this
business (as far as I know.)
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page two hundred and twenty-two
Description:Includes the letter Alfred Waud wrote to Mrs. Jewell, explaining how he eloped with her daughter, Mary.
Subject:Brainard; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mrs.; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Jewell, Selina (Wall); Sexton, Nelly; Waud, Alfred; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):177 Canal Street
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.