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other, but  tis also well to let particulars
remain behind the veil.          He talks yet more
defiantly of the world   as though endeavouring to
have its probable judgment.     Every man s voice
may be against him in this matter   why then
should he spare bitter speech or harsh judgment of
others?         The step he has taken has rather deep-
ened his estimation if the general immorality under-
lying American life, and at times he rages,
morosely, about it.  His daughter shall be brought
up different!  &c.  As for  Mary  it was all
her father s fault.     It s a wonder all the daughters
are not on the town.      She married Brainard
because she didn t like to live on her mother, doing
nothing to support herself.   All her sisters were
made to learn trades.     He s down
on all the family, and intends cutting the lot
  quietly dropping any intimacy, when he shall
have effected a divorce and marriage.   She, he
says, was very anxious to see them, but the present
visit has cured her.      They make her unhappy,
telling her she ought to have lived with her hus-
band, and suggesting that Alf may  get tired  of
her.    They fuss a good deal, and are horribly
apprehensive and secretive.    Mrs Sexton and Seli-
na do a little elder-sistering, and Mrs Jewell
is weak-minded.           All this I can well believe
and understand, but I think her conduct is just
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page eighty-nine
Description:Regarding Alf Waud's feelings about his situation with Brainard and Mary.
Date:1856-10-22
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]
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.