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he till this heavy, heavy day, had hoped to make his wife.     And she had thought
over it in her heart, and during absence:   had prayed over it, and had concluded
that it was  not right  that she should become his wife.  Therefore was it that
she delayed returning, and that her letter was short and strange.   And this sad
morning he ([words crossed out]) got a parcel containing all his letters and 
loving gifts.  I had laughed that morning when at breakfast time his brother 
had jestingly spoken of his quitting the table without a meal, little anticipating
such result.     He had gone to the house, but had not gained admission to her
presence: then wandered to his place of business, and again to the house; and
this time had prevailed upon them, and seen her.   And all the long day had
he passed there, pleading as one only could in such case   but in vain.   On one
condition only would she be his friend; ( nevermore aught beside:)   that he
weds the girl he seduced.      He could not feel anger at her resolve;  
could not but love her the more, honoring the religion of it.  But [word crossed out]
what a loss! and that too when every thought had been indulged in relative
to what a brief month would give him.     How he had dwelt on it, reckoning
day by day till her return from Boston;   and this the result.   But he
would obey her:   yes he d seek out this girl, and if she had remained
pure but for him, he would make her his wife.   It would be a [word crossed out] trial
to wed one who had been jested at, and low in station, but it was his duty,
and he would try and do it.                    I felt for him with all my heart
and did my best to console him.   We went out, he designing a call on the
clergyman, at whose Church he attends, to tell all, and have his counsel.
I left him there, and wandered on, musing how  even-handed jus-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and sixty-one
Description:Details why Charles Brown's fiancee Annie Ward broke off their engagement.
Date:1850-09-05
Subject:Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Religion; Ward, Annie; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One
Description:Details Gunn's first year living in the United States, including his experiences with boarding house living in Jersey City and New York City, looking for work as an artist and a writer, publishing his first book ""Mose Among the Britishers"" and brief visits to Philadelphia and Boston.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Jersey City, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts
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-two 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.