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says, seem to take it coolly enough; as
perhaps, why shouldn t they.     Their father uses
oaths and brothel-phrases before them; they know
he gave their mother a loathsome disease during the
time they lived together; that he lives now in open
adultery with a sllatternly drab whom he calls his
housekeeper, that he is a mere loafer and blackguard,
in conduct.     Not that they view it in so severe (or
rather just) a light, for they walk with him, cut jokes
with him and admit his visits.  Mrs Jewell thinks the
brute can be a gentleman (!!!) when he likes and that
he  writes a good letter.    As if any man who could be
a gentleman would wish to be other wise.     For his powers
of composition, Waud kept some of his letters to show
me as curiosities in the way of dislocated English, 
conceit, platitudes and idiocy.   The mans face is an
odious one, he has eyes like bullets and a villainous
throat that (like Pecksniffs on a certain occasion) looks
as if a halter would do it good.               Thinking of all
this and of the extreme shallowness of their mother,
how is it possible that these poor girls could have been
begotten or brought up better?                        Alf reports
of Will Waud that he probably seduced the little girl
who is now his wife   if it were worthy of being denomi-
nated a seduction   expecting that  no consequence  would
follow, owing to her extreme youth     He liked his  little
enjoyments  at his boarding-house, and then being  made
comfortable  and having no money to clear our with by
paying his passage to England, and knowing that
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred
Description:Regarding the Jewell family.
Date:1858-09-12
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell; Jewell, Mrs.; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Waud, Alfred; Waud, William; Waud, William, Mrs.
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.