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ped by pillows that were not more ghostly pale than
her face, she sat.    Recognizing me, she made a
gesture with her hand that seemed full of mi-
sery and resignation to a fate, hopeless.   Shocked
I procured a dress makers card, and using in-
visible ink begged an interview the next day.
She came, woe begone, and prostrate in mind and
body.          To my renewed entreaty to fly and leave
a fate no longer bearable she consented.   On the
second of July following, disguised, I took her
to a place where I had procured board for her
as my sister, a statement for which out like-
ness gained implicit belief.      Here after the first
rush of sorrow and alarm she gained health
and flesh once more.  In three months we
moved, and she lived with me as my wife before
heaven.      The numerous schemes I devised to baffle
pursuit and the constant excitement I will not
dwell on.    I enjoyed it, and succeeded as I had
determined, till I made arrangements to leave the
city.               By our laws such action is criminal,
socially and legally, but is there no extermination?
A young girl of good average qualities, sensibility,
and affectionate disposition, as is often the case,
not altogether understood by her own family, cursed
instead of blessed by a sinful father, dependant
on her mother, feeling unsettled, desirous of being
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page two hundred and twenty-six
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; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Jewell, Mrs.; Jewell, 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.