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thought never entered my brain, I scorned to take
advantage of opportunity or liking.     I remained because
I felt it meanness to seek forgetfulness in a future
of excitement and change, which she, the victim of
the same passion could not attain, but in place there
of brood ofver the disappointment and live an em-
bittered existence in the society of a man she detested.
And now occurred an event which added to our
misery, and made me a powerless devil.   The ship 
delayed from day to day, at length brought the man s
footsteps to the house for one week   a week of
agony of heart and brain.  With fever consuming my
life I wandered without rest, haggard and worn,
till the vessel in God s mercy again sailed.   I watched
it like a maniac, whilst it fired its parting salute
and steamed out to sea.       Then she was mine
again for seven long weeks.   Mine in all good thoughts
and honesty of purpose.  We did not think then
of ever breaking the barrier that separated us*, nor
did we attempt to conceal our meetings.  They took place
openly.   But weeks wore on quickly and we more 
sorrowful each day.    Mary spoke of, and I, of lea-
ving all, and seeking happiness in other relations.  She
refused.   I knew it would be useless to continue the
struggle between love and duty, and despairing utterly
of finding relief determined to join Col. Kinney s
expedition, resolving before I left the city to rid
 But they Did it.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page two hundred and twenty-four
Description:Includes the letter Alfred Waud wrote to Mrs. Jewell, explaining how he eloped with her daughter, Mary.
Subject:Brainard; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Kinney, Colonel; Waud, Alfred; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.