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		     November, 1858.
  6.  Saturday.  In doors, writing, all the drenching
day.  Leslie comes home at night with a story of a
frightful accident  which he had almost witnessed, rush-
ing out of his office immediately after it occurred.  An ex-
plosion of a boiler of a tug-boat, three men blown to pieces.
The affair had shocked him not a little.           We moralized
on it, over whiskey and water.  Also he got talking about
Kendall, a little, moustached, scanty-dark haired, slim, 
and Bourcicaultish looking Englishman   a very good
fellow   who comes to see him.  He is in an Exchange
Office and plagued it would seem with a b____ of a Yan-
kee wife to minister to whose follies and vanities he has
almost to starve himself.   Her kinsfolk back her and prey
on him.   They   the married couple   have parted several
times, would so finally last but for the children which he does-
n t like to let go to the devil.             In accordance with Les-
lie s advice, he tried letting her have her own way in every-
thing   when she raged at him for not contradicting him.
He was infatuated with her before marriage,  suffered
rejection once or twice, she having a strong liking for another
who jilted her.       Kendall meantime made up to another,
an eligible match everyway and got engaged to her.  Then
the old flame threw out lures to bring him back and suc-
ceded.    He, intentionally picked a quarrel with flame the
second, married b____ and got served out for it.    The
other has since found a husband and come in for a
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page six
Description:Regarding a talk with William Leslie about Kendall's wife and marriage.
Date:1858-11-06
Subject:Explosions; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kendall; Kendall, Mrs.; Leslie, William; Marriage; Petrel (tugboat); Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.