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 boy  Rawson Gill has left this house temporarily, his
mother   amiable woman!   having half discarded him.  As
he s 22, he makes her look old.     The  boy s  a loafer
with only the good quality of dogged honesty.   He s gone to
live with the Martin s, on invitation   the mother being mean
enough to connive at it.
  19.  Saturday.  Down town by 8, Leslie s & Post Office.
Return.    Letter from Alf Waud, which has apparently
crossed mine.    Here s the way in which he communicates an
item of news, slightly condensed.    I m at present dis-
gusted with everything.    There s that infernal old (?)
fool of a brother Bill married to a vulgar, little, af-
fected (this is in confidence) daughter of his boarding-
house keeper.   Her only qualifications are youth and fresh
ness.     I only became acquainted with the fact yesterday,
though he must have been wed a month ago.   I presume
he was ashamed to tell me and God knows he ought to be.
There s not the least necessity except a sensual one.   He is in
debt, owes me nearly $100, and his last years tailor s
bill &c.     He knows how badly our mother wants assistance; 
besides our father s recent death should have put it off.  x x
It shows how utterly heartless he is to form such ties when
there s a child of his, living on the charity of strangers in
England, it s mother brought to shame and deserted.   He
ought to help her pecuniarily at least.   No girl of 16 is fit
for marriage.    She is excessively childish, even for an
American girl.  x  x   hot bottomed  x   mother got  em mar-
ried that they might indulge legitimately.       Bill an im-
poster, deals in false pretenses   they don t know his
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and sixty-three
Description:Describes a letter from Alf Waud, in which he complains about his brother Will's marriage to the daughter of a boarding house keeper.
Date:1858-06-19
Subject:Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Waud; Waud, Alfred; Waud, Mrs.; Waud, William; Waud, William, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; [Boston, New York]
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.