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no longer a burden to that dear parent, and wishing
a home of her own.     This young girl marries a
ball room acquaintance, not for love, but as liking
none better, and only withheld from refusing him at
the last moment by an acute sense of shame.    It re-
quired no deep penetration, nor did it take long to dis-
cover her error.     Her paradise faded like morning
mist.     Where she had pictured delicacy and refined
feeling she found obtuseness and vulgarity.   In
place of that love her woman s nature yearned for,
brutal lust only.   Jealous misunderstanding and un-
appreciation instead of affectionate confidence.    The
rosy fruit who gathered that seemed so fair upon
the tree was filled with ashes.      Becoming acquainted
with one who had the power to understand her,
whom she felt alas ! too late, she could love; in-
spiring in his bosom a passion at once self denying,
pure and ardent, what wonder if despair entered
in possession?    Strong as was her sense of duty,
she felt it impossible to make the husband the law
so tightly bound to her, happy, even at the sacrifice
of all hope but that of a speedy termination to
her misery.     I know my feelings were not of any
consideration, yet if I were uncertain before, I should
have been a hopeless vagabond now, dwelling on
the thought of that fair girl, sacrificed at the altar
of a miserable duty, without one cheering star ray
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page two hundred and twenty-seven
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); Jewell, Mrs.; Marriage; 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.