projected departing on Wednesday, leaving her in
her present quarters until he secured accommodation
in Boston. His stay among the Catskills has been
employed in making sketches for our proposed guide
book. Will wrote to him, while there, from Boston,
twice. As aforesaid the husband, Brainard,
has been on to Boston, during Alf s absence chance,
as usual aiding the latter. It would seem that Orr
the engraver introduced Brainard to Brightly, who
gave him a letter to one of Alf s Boston acquaintances
from whom, however, he obtained no intelligence,
and who communicated to Will the fact of the inquiry.
Alf s peculiar position and responsibilities have told
upon him. He is nervous. When talking confiden-
tially his voice has an accent of latent moodiness and
resentfulness, as though he felt himself haunted.
He talks of hate toward the husband and says he
shouldn t feel any remorse if he were to kill him.
He never affected much faith in anybody, he now
affects less. Her he believes in and, certainly,
loves very passionately. He talked very freely of her
more so, I think, than I should, were I in his
position. His curious candor smacked of Americanism.
Not that he was gross but in common with many
Yankees I ve known, he d tell me things, betoke-
ning (I think) a want of delicacy and good taste.
It is well to have scorn of that false modesty
which would ignore the relations of one sex to the
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page eighty-eight|
|Description:||Regarding Alf Waud's feelings about his situation with Brainard and Mary.|
|Subject:||Brainard; Brightly; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Waud, Alfred; Waud, William|
|Coverage (City/State):||[New York, New York]|
|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.|