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as unwise.      I ve visited the house some two or
three times, in company with Alf.      His  wife  s
face is a fair one, her hair a bright red   the
Madonna color one sees in old pictures, and no one
could think it unpleasant.      I can fancy a dark haired
man imagining it to be perfectly beautiful   as Alf
does   which I think unnatural.          It disturbs my
notion of the fitness of things when a light haired
man loves a blonde.     I can admire a fair beauty,
but only in cold blood, and might outlive three
crows without falling in love with one over the depth
of a finger nail.           To return to  Mrs Hill.   Her
skin is very fair and smooth, her features regular,
her form plump, her stature tall.       But for her
speech she might pass for an Englishwoman.  Yet
however comely her face, I think it lacks depth  
earnestness.      There s something of the mother s in it,
in which, I think, can be read how it occurred.
  As I write I call to mind the grave, kind face
of Hannah, its purity and sweetness, and think
how good she is   and know, in my heart, that
however Alf may hold his prize there are higher and
dearer ones than he is ware of.          Not that I
would cast a stone against this poor Yankee girl,
Heaven help her!     She says her prayers every night,
Alf declares, and is afraid she s been very wicked and
God won t forgive her.     He  don t care about that
sort of thing, but likes to see it in her.       She is very
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page ninety
Description:Describes Mary, the woman Alf Waud eloped with.
Date:1856-10-22
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Jewell, Mrs.; Waud, Alfred; Women
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.