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persuing it will picture to herself her daughter,
still fondly loving her, on the point of becoming
a mother herself, and alone, but for the love
she has chosen.      If she will dwell on this
picture, and extend her arms in reconciliation,
and Christian forgiveness; if she will consider
the temptation and her daughter s youth, and see
her again, not in wrath, but as a mother forgiving
the errors of her child, she will confer a heavenly
blessing.       If on the other hand she scorns that child,
and still desires to separate us, then if we have
committed sin, she too does wrng, and continues the
errors it were best to bury in the past.    I do not
stoop to ask this as a favor on my own account. I did
as I thought best to a great extent securing Mary s
happiness.    She is mine for ever to love and cherish.
No purpose could be answered in separating us, only
by force might it be accomplished, and that would 
not long prevail.                      I know that people were
constantly on my track in N. Y.         I know also
that instigated by a vindictive old man, rowdies
have been sent after me to this place. As before
I baffled them.  If success had crowned there*
endeavours it would not have lasted long, my revenge
should follow, sure as night follows the setting
sun.      In business I am doing well, and likely
to compass a position of comfort and competence
                             (* Sic in M. S.)
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page two hundred and twenty-nine
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.; Waud, Alfred; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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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.