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Mrs Jewell s in the evening I found a common-
faced man waiting on the door step, who repeated
my ring at the bell with violence, and on the ap-
pearance of Mrs Sexton assailed her very grossly,
being, apparently, under the combined influences of liquor
and jealousy.      His first inquiry was why didn t she
make haste to let  her man  in. (    I soon gathered from
his words that he was her husband.)        Mrs Jewell
coming up stairs at the clamor the fellow vilified
her also, talking to her as to the mistress of a
brothel, charging her with abetting her daughters pros-
titution &c.        My first impulse was to hit him straight
between the eyes, drag him out to the street and commence
pounding him; but two or three people had collected at
the uproar, and were listening to his charges; I saw
no good would come out of a brawl, said a few
words to the ass and left.
  10.  Friday.  Drawing and down town.      An
evening walk.
  11.  Saturday.  Drawing, and down town with
drawings for Nic nax, (6 of them.)     To Radways
&c.      Evening to Greene Street.  Saw Mrs J and
at a later period of the evening, her daughters.    She
had had Sexton bound over to keep the peace towards
her; talked about him as a worthless fellow &c, who
didn t maintain his wife &c.     (I had heard some
little of him from Waud,   how  Nelly  married him
in order to screen him from prosecution by her
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page eighty-four
Description:Describes meeting Francis Sexton, Nelly's husband.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mrs.; Jewell, Selian (Wall); Sexton, Francis C.; Sexton, Nelly; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Greene Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.