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plenty of work, doesn t exhaust himself in
attending to it, plays billiards, takes in magazine
and illustrated periodicals.   He evidently looks down
on Alf.    Damoreau praises Will s wife, says that
Will  comes the English over her,  receiving her de-
monstrative and not over wise affection in milord
style.     Poor Alf was told to leave Gleason s building.
He brought his family to live in his rooms and as
Damoreau tells, odors of beef-steaks and crying of
babies proceeded from his office, to the discontent
of other habitants of the building.    Damoreau tried
more than once, time past to be reconciled to Waud,
Alf refusing and trying to justify himself by going
on hating Charley.     He is not a man to be hated,
still less to be loved.   Evidently kept sharply up to
the mark by a shrewdish, exacting, selfish woman,
had he married one who would have loved and tried
to worship him, he would have developed into ingrat-
titude and tyranny.     He manifests his old cock-
sparrowish tendency to lechery, and is not, I be-
lieve faithful to the woman he has married, on
occasion.     He boards with little Dobson still, now in
Charlton Street.        He told me particulars about his
brothers.    The elder, the magnifico of the family, he
who was in business in New Orleans largely, who
gambled, who effected a large sum of money by
some transaction just outside of the grasp of the
law, who invited the good old maid sister to
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and twenty-nine
Description:Regarding Alfred Waud's opinion of Charles Damoreau.
Date:1859-11-13
Subject:Brown, Emma; Brown, George; Damoreau, Beatrice (Prideaux); Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Dobson, Mrs.; Gleason; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Waud, Alfred; Waud, William; Waud, William, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Charlton Street
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; 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.