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[newspaper clipping with engraving]
HENRY WILLIAM HERBERT.

		 	    Mr. Herbert married his
first wife, under circumstances of peculiar interest.
Mr. Joseph A. Scoville, subsequently an editor of
the Picayune newspaper, was at the moment a
rich and influential merchant.  He solicited Her-
bert to accompany him to Bangor, Maine, where
he was to espouse a young and beautifu woman,
the daughter of the Mayor.  Herbert consented, and
made the journey, but in lieu of acting as grooms-
man, as had been intended, he cut out from his friend,
and espoused the lady himself.

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and fifty-two
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding the circumstances of Henry William Herbert's first marriage, including an engraving of Herbert.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Herbert, Henry William; Herbert, Henry William, Mrs.; Marriage; Scoville, Joe
Coverage (City/State):Bangor, Maine
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.