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oddity of a newly wed man being willing to post-
pone his honeymoon.  Perhaps he wanted to make
sure of me!  she replied.  Why didn t you go with 
him?  I asked.  Oh!  He didn t want me!    She was
in lively spirits and looked very well. I had a bit of
wedding-cake and wine, chatting with the three, mother
and daughters.   Johnson called   didn t say much.
Despire the bride s light way of talking of things, I
noticed a shade of womanly feeling unusual in her.
There s something so sacred and touching about marriage
that a woman cannot but show to some advantage in
it.       Left, after an hour s gossip.
  30.  Monday.   Write to Alf Waud. Out for
two hours before dinner.   Evening down stairs talking
with Mrs Church.                    That most odious of Irish-
men, Pounden pere, has not shown at table for the
last two weeks, being drunk all that time and longer.
He forces his wife to give him money   her earnings. She
wants her son Frank to take him.               She and Mrs
Potter had a jolly row a week agone, for which Mrs
P. was about to clear them out of the house.   It began in
consequence of our landlady asking for money, at which
the other Mrs P. took great offence and denounced her
creditor as a  great fleshy woman who lived in idleness,
while she was working her fingers off her bones  &c.
Subsequently she apologized and they made it up.  The
woman is a worthy woman and has sense, though she
does believe in her husband to a certain extent.    What
would become of the brute did she not!
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and ninety
Description:Regarding Mrs. Patten supporting her husband.
Date:1858-08-29
Subject:Boardinghouses; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mrs.; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Maltravers; Marriage; Potter, Mrs.; Pounden; Pounden, Frank; Pounden, Mrs.; Sexton, Nelly; Waud, Alfred; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, 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.