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Story and Non mi recordo the rest of the day.
  9.  Tuesday.  In doors writing till night when Hil-
lard called and spent the evening with me.  Out to Haney s
for ale.   A letter   rather a longish one   from Alf Waud.
 Mary  is in New Hampshire still, Alf out of sorts at
her absence and the prevalence of Hard Times.  He writes
melancholic with a dash of defiance of this, picturesquely
and regretfully of Lake Winnipisseogee.     He loves her very
dearly.    Here s a pretty sentence or two.  x  x  When you love a
woman how necessary she becomes to you; to be seperated
seems to deprive you of half your individuality; her beauty,
grace, gentleness, cheerfulness, good heart, all seem yours,
by long association, and by so much are you worse when
deprived of her society.         Yatman s in New York again,
in a Wall Street Insurance Office.            Here s Bill Waud s
home surroundings;  Wife excessively childish, evidently bores
him occasionally, though he suffers her attentions with a
good grace.      She s rather lazy  x  x  gets rid of baby by
sticking it on to everybody else.    Father-in-law credulous,
spiritualist, homeopath, slow   his wife a good-natu-
red Yankee woman. 
  {10.  Wednesday.       Non mi recordo particulars.  Writing
  11.  Thursday       story.  Down town once or twice &c.
  12.  Friday.}       Another letter from Alf Waud in res-
ponse to mine   brief, containing sketches.   Called at Mrs
Jewell s, she over in Jersey.  Got letters from home, from
my mother and Rosa.       Old Mrs Gunn, at Bloxham,
 though still alive is almost entirely confined to her bed.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page eight
Description:Describes a letter received from Alfred Waud.
Date:1858-11-08
Subject:Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Marriage; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William; Waud, William, Mrs.; Women; Yatman
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Wall Street
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.