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  Dick Gunn s wife is dead, as our folks
learn from those at Bloxham.         Edwin tem-
porarily in the country, and the others as usual.
  27.  Saturday.    Office.       Looked in at
Mrs Jewell s in the evening, seeing her and her
daughters.       Her husand is at feud with her,
wanting a divorce, that he may marry the dis-
reputable, slatternly woman who is his  housekeeper ,
(I saw her, on the occasion of my only visit,)  
which Mrs J won t consent to, unless he grants
her more liberal pecuniary terms than she has at
present.       He meets his daughters, and asks
their sympathy, and whether he isn t  an abused
man.        They re on their mothers side, of course,
upon which he rages.        Selina told how he spoke
of her sister, Mrs Sexton, in her presence and
that of her mother  She s the d____dest b___h!!    
quoth old Jewell   !                               I think this
beast and ass of a man is pretty nearly responsible
for the miscarryings of the whole family.    His wife
a shallow woman, Heaven knows, but decent
enough.   For the daughters, I fancy no girls
can be conversant with impurity of conduct occurring
within their own domestic circle, without some
amount of moral deterioration.          However their
conduct, (with the exception of Alf s one)   has been
conventionally correct enough.          /
    Tis a right thing   or founded in right   after
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and twenty-four
Description:Regarding Jewell's desire to get a divorce from his wife so he can marry his housekeeper.
Subject:Divorce; Gunn, Dick; Gunn, Dick, Mrs.; Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Jewell, Mrs.; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Marriage; Sexton, Nelly; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.