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	                   April 1856.
  12  Saturday. (Continued.)      I had got
to within a dozen lines of the conclusion of Alf s letter,
(Mrs J being considerably affected at certain parts of
it,) when the door of the inner room opened and the girls
demanded a word or two with their mother, at the same
time saying  If it s about Mary we ve as much
right to know as mother.  So at general request I
re-read the letter, one of the daughters sitting on a stool
beside me, and the other standing.      This time they
were all crying.       We then talked matters over, I
pressing the advisability of adopting the wisdom of
the homely proverb, and  making the best of a bad job. 
My mission was half accomplished, I saw, by the let-
ter, and the mother s wish to know something of her
daughter s position.      They were all at sea on that
question, inquiring at first whether she and her com-
panion were in England, and then whether they were
in New York.     I, as instructed didn t state where,
but intimated Boston as the recent locality, leaving the
impression they had been chased from thence by old Jewell s
spies.         They knew nothing of that, hence Alf must
have been mistaken as to their participation in it.
Menelaus is at sea, and has broken all connection 
with the family.  He has also had the malignity to
go to a dancing school frequented by these girls, to
spread the scandal of his own dishonor   for which
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page seven
Description:Describes reading a letter from Alfred Waud to Mrs. Jewell and her daughters, regarding Mary's elopement with Alf.
Date:1856-04-12
Subject:Brainard; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Jewell, Mrs.; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Sexton, Nelly; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Boston, [Massachusetts]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight
Description:Includes descriptions of the process of publishing his book, ''The Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses;'' his poor mental state upon returning to New York from England; meeting Walt Whitman; visits with Fanny Fern, James Parton, and Harriet Jacobs' daughter Louisa who is living with them; a visit to the Catskill Mountains with the Edwards family; moving into the boarding house at 132 Bleecker Street; working on the publication ''European'' with Colonel Hugh Forbes; the death of publisher William Levison and his daughter Ellen in his boarding house; visiting the scene of the murder of a dentist to get a sketch of the suspect; visiting Newport, Rhode Island, on assignment to sketch for Frank Leslie; and the death of his brother-in-law, Joseph Greatbatch.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Medical care; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Newport, Rhode Island
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.