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fifteen to get married to her present husband, has
had two children, both dying.   Her days pass in perfect
idleness, and she s a sloven.   Sometimes she won t  fix  her hair
before breakfast, or fasten her dress in front.   The meal over
and the husband off to his work, she ascends to her room, which
has been put to rights by the servant.  There, she throws off
what few things were dragged on in the way of talet, and
lays down in her night-dress, and nothing else, on the floor
and goes to sleep, perhaps to dinner time.   Perhaps she
won t dress then.     The afternoon is dawdled away in a
similar manner, unless she, after an elaborate toilet, turns
out for a purposeless walk on Broadway.   She can t sew,
she knows nothing of cookery, is generally untidy and slattern-
ly and  very good-hearted.    Sometimes she and her husband
quarrel.   He is twice her age, has education, is tired of and beats her.  When sh
goes out she has six inches of skirt trailing behind her, and
is very expensively dressed.   She don t read, she don t think,
she don t do anything   but look well of evenings.        This
picture is, I think, not overcharged, not was it volunteered.
There are thousands of such matches in this country (except the beating.)
  28.  Monday.  Hear, sickness and work.  A most mis-
erable day.  Limbs aching, aching, aching!   Crawled to the
Doctor in the evening, and saw him for five minutes.
A note from Alf Waud this morning, acknowledging receipt of $.
  The last four days have not been living with me.  They
have been simply suffering.

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and sixty-seven
Description:Regarding Mrs. Simpson, a seventeen-year-old girl who is boarding with the Jewell family.
Date:1858-06-27
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Simpson, Mrs.; Waud, Alfred; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.