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fond of him, and would recline in his arms
before her mother, Selina, or myself, fondling
him.       But she would say and do little wilful
and defiant things, annoying her mother.     Alf
carries a dirk   a blunt affair enough, but I sup-
pose it might  do for a man,  (as Mercutio says),
and she (Mary) got hold of it and made lunges
at her mother till Mrs Jewell was provoked and
squalled.      Then she   the daughter   said of Brain-
ard  Served him Right.    She had spars, too, with
Selina.      Alf, of course, took her part and was al-
most rude occasionally.     She went our with him one
night to get oysters and champagne, having set her
mind on it. (Some few days after Selina met
Brainard face to face near the spot they had
visited.)     The servant, a large-framed cockney
woman, devoted to Alf and his  wife , but prone 
to manifest her authority in a very despotic manner
backed him in antagonism to the family.       She
came into the room, when we three were together and
said to Alf in a trunculent tone, though whispered
 I with she was home!   Take her away from here! 
This woman, bye the bye, left them on Wednesday
for Norfolk, Virginia, and her man.        She was
zealous and fond of the baby.      A healthy and
jolly looking little baby it is too   poor little bastard.
They are both fond enough of it, but Alf  gets wild 
at times, on account of its exactions from the mo-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page ninety-one
Description:Describes visiting with Alf Waud and the Jewell family.
Date:1856-10-22
Subject:Brainard; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Jewell, Mrs.; Jewell, Selina (Wall); 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.