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a husband vulgar and jealous.     From this time
I was interested.     I could see she was not happy,
and soon after left alone in  the house, I made her
acquaintance through the medium of such slight cour-
tesies as occasionally carrying her coal-hod upstairs &c
or attentions at the table.                                 Leading a
desultory artist existence, mostly working in my own
room, it would often happen, going in or out that
I saw her sitting alone at work in the parlor, on
such occasions entering into conversation.     I found in
her not any very brilliant wit or abstruse ideas, but
a refreshing artlessness of thought and manner that
increased my interest as they gave indications of an
affectionate nature pure and sensitive.  I loved al-
ready, but could not make up my mind to leave.
For 8 years* I had been free from the tender passion,
and the feeling was too fresh and new to give up
readily.    I trusted to my powers of dissimilation to
keep it secret.    No frail son of Adam was ever worse
confounded than I on discovering that my regard was
seen and returned.     I passed a sleepless night revol-
ving in my mind a thousand plans; to one alone did
duty prompt   departure.     I determined on it, but
delayed till too late.   Our feelings could no more be dis-
guised, we loved passionately and purely.   A dishonest
                                             
     *  This ignores Allom s little niece, and also the
little girl at the Boston Boarding-House.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page two hundred and twenty-three
Description:Includes the letter Alfred Waud wrote to Mrs. Jewell, explaining how he eloped with her daughter, Mary.
Date:1856-04-12
Subject:Brainard; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Waud, Alfred; Women
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.