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in the future.    That girl I loved so well, and whom
I could have made so happy, and who would
have made a mad of me in place of the poor devil
I felt like.    Let me not be judged as wholly
selfish, if I thought better to secure the happiness
of two, in place of the wretchedness of all three.
  If by removing myself Mary had been happy,
without murmuring I would have done it.    But
consideration for a man I hated could not be expect-
ed.                            When she consented to fly it
was well knowing the cost, and with a fair estimate
of the vindictive and constant persecution that fol-
lowed; also of the disgrace attaching to our names,
and that in this good world (where all do the
same, and worse, with the slight difference that
they do it on the sly) we should be shunned as
fearful sinners.    We prepared to brave it all.
Liberty to live and die together was all we wished,
no ceremony was necessary to bind our love, and
we have been as happy as we can expect, with
one exception, Mary s fervant wish to see her
mother, and gain her forgiveness, a wish almost
without hope.      To that Mother, long since,
she would have confided all, but tht the actions
of her friends were not calculated to inspire confi-
dence.                                This sheet is written
without her knowledge, in the hope that her Mother
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page two hundred and twenty-eight
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); Jewell, Mrs.; Marriage; 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.