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ther.     He loves the mother infinitely more than the
child.      To quote his own words, he is  devilish spooney 
about her.             This love is his only plea for the
past   if he knew it.        I think he feels his posi-
tion keenly, though he affects audacity and defiance.
He talks hardly, and, I think, tells me all these
things rather from companionship and want of sym-
pathy than from faith and friendship.   Yet he
retains much of his old frankness and good humor,
says rude things with such a pleasant air of bon hommie
than one cannot but like him.     He has humor, too,
and sense, when not twisted by his prejudices. But
why the devil should he adopt dirty American dispraise
against his own nobler country?
  I ve learnt much from him of his brother,
and Sol s affair with Allie Vernon.  The intimacy
is still continued; Sol visiting her.  The husband, I
suppose, is aware of it, and talks of going west.
She don t want to go.      Alf thinks Sol would give it
up, but she won t let him.          Eytinge is much
down upon Will Waud, and talked of liking him,
if he came to New York.  Says that Will took all
the money for a co-partnership lithograph, and
spent it in a summer suit in order to fascinate
Josey.   Will declares Sol threw up the job, and he
had all the trouble.    (Between them I suspect they
swindled the landlord of their office rent.)    Will stoutly
denies the Josey business, asserting that she played
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page ninety-two
Description:Comments on Alf Waud's relationship with Mary.
Date:1856-10-22
Subject:Coville; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Vernon, Josey; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William
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.