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having wished her to make her will, and followed her
up steadily.      I think an honester man, one with more
backbone of character might have failed, where the wily Ita-
lian didn t.           Andreotti would sit, and grin, and give her
back her own sentiments in worse English, seldom risking
any bit of individuality.   Falso and facile on the surface
he was thoroughly corrupt below, a drunkard, seducer
and frequenter of brothels.         His predominant character-
istic I take to have been overweening conceit.   He thought his
delightful self worthy of any sacrifice on the part of a woman.
He told her as much, saying she attempted  to lower the
dignity of man  when she objected to being swindled.   She
paid his debts before marriage   they were considerable   set
him up in business, was abused, sworn at, and robbed to
the extent of $2000.          The scoundrel had nothing, and
wouldn t work.      Now she goes to Europe for a year
or so, intending to visit Italy and see her ex-husband s 
mother on her way to Sicily, where she will pass the win-
ter.     Health and such happiness as may be hoped for
be with her!   One will miss her very much.  She was the
only lady in this house, and I liked and respected her.
  5.  Sunday.  To Pounden s at Brooklyn, staying all
day and night.
  6.  Monday.  A letter from Alf Waud.  Another child
born to his  wife    no sex mentioned.   Phonography, writing
&c.  Afternoon to Doctors, then a call at a new house which
Mrs Sexton and Jewell have taken with the old intent to get
boarders.        Writing at night.   An hour with Clapp, Gun
and Haney, in the room of the latter.          Clapp told some
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and ninety-five
Description:Regarding Mrs. Church and Andreotti's failed marriage.
Date:1858-09-04
Subject:Andreotti; Blakeman, Dr.; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Jewell, Mrs.; Marriage; Pounden, Frank; 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.