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wants to come to some North River place adja-
cent to New York to reside   Brooklyn wouldn t do, as
he  steadily resolves to make no acquaintances.   Talking
of the Jewell family he remarks, that considering the father
they had, it is a wonder that the girls didn t turn out
prostitutes. (Probably it is.)    Evidently (and naturally)
he tries to think as well of them as possible, being secretly
conscious that his chosen companion for life, being of the
same blood must partake of the same nature.          They
are, truly, from an American point of view (a cursedly
low one) very good sort of people.  They   always excepting
the beast of a father   are nowise vicious, very good in-
tentioned, but extremely ignorant and shallow.   They
have never known any standard of decent social life,
or what in England is regarded as such.        Here it s
all right, or very little amiss, for a husband to quar-
ter his wife for a week or so in his parents family,
while he loafs or drinks, to visit her at her mother s,
take lodgings with her, drop her, resume her again,
and so on, like the thief Sexton.   Here a girl may
have her half-dozen  beaux  to drop in at her mother s
house of evenings, to trot her out to balls, theatres, and
ice-cream saloons; or out on the Avenues; may let more
than one of  em kiss her, may talk self willed frivolity
mistaking it for sprightliness, may outrage all civilized
ideas of culture and refinement, and yet be quite an
orthodox young lady, too.   I don t say that poor Selina
has done all this.         But old beaux do come to see
her now, of evenings, after her marriage.  They, Alf
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and ninety-nine
Description:Comments on marriage and courtship in American.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Jewell, Selina (Wall); Marriage; Sexton, Francis C.; Sexton, Nelly; Swinton, Alfred; Waud, Alfred; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.