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the fever she would go to breeding, real smart !       He pro-
jects sending her to Lake Winnipissogee for the summer,
and asks my opinion a to the advisability of getting a divorce
for her, from her husband on the grounds of  five years
desertion.   He has  consulted with a lawyer about it,  who
recommends him  to make a mistake and call it three  
it is not quite there!    A fine project truly!   of course
so obtained it would be illegal.      Will has taken a room
in Ballou s new building, at $100 per year.  As he found it
impossible (!) to pay his share of our present room, a little
more than half that sum, it s rather a wise proceeding.  Here s
the rest of Will, condensed from Alf s letter.    Worked a
little harder of late, board and everything in arrears, not given
up loafing,  wastes his time on a little-bread-and-butter-
very-silly-important-fresh-colored-short-child in curls, to
whom others consider him engaged.  She looks as if she ought
to be spanked for not minding her lessons,  is sixteen, looks
thirteen, the daughter of his landlady, he  suffers her to be
affectionate, condescends to do a little himself,  is  made com-
fortable at the house where they think he d be quite a catch. 
Alf  had the greatest difficulty in getting some money out of Will
to make a remittance home to his mother.     He d  much prefer
spending it in billiards, would be indignant if told so   never
knew any one that had cooler and indifference to all onus or res-
ponsibility   hope it s nothing but want of thought   though it
looks rather like heartlessness.       Damoreau is  astonished that
his gentlemanly address don t bring him the prosperity he thinks
he deserves, finds it as hard to keep a customer as he used
to to retain a sweetheart,  and  his head is remarkable
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and nineteen
Description:Describes a letter received from Alf Waud about his wife and his brother Will.
Date:1858-04-14
Subject:Ballou, Maturin Murray; Brainard; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Divorce; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Waud, Alfred; Waud, Mrs.; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[Boston, Massachusetts]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada
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.