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	 A Letter from Alfred Waud.
Alf Waud, of which he is the bearer, describes
him.      He paints landscapes, has lived Bohe-
main fashion in Paris for years, helped build
barricades in 1848, stood sentinel over the pic-
tures at the Louvre or Luxembourg and much
more.    Has no perceptible French accent to his
English, is married, a neighbour of Alf Waud s
at Boston, projects brining wife and family to
New York, if his fortunes prosper.     Seems a
pleasant fellow.       Morris and Cahill were in
my room, part of the time.        Rondell spoke eulo-
gistically of Alf. Waud s essays in painting and
reports that Will Waud meditates a visit to
New York in a fortnight.        Here is a digest
of Alf s account of his own doings and those
of his brother.        Business still dormant   con-
stant habit of economy   John Andrew  
bloated carcase   infernal mean humbug  (plea-
sant way Alf has, of speaking of people) going
to New York   Will has about enough to do  
always new clothes   evident what expenditure
he considers of most importance   just snob enough
to suit the Boston people   quietly, self-conceited-
ly snobby   mildly, impressively snobby, of a kind
that never does anything to put its hair out of
array, or crease its pants, or dirty or wear out
its boots and would not be seen out of a silk
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page thirty-eight
Description:Describes a letter received from Alfred Waud.
Subject:Artists; Cahill, Frank; Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Rondel; Rondel, Mrs.; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Boston, [Massachusetts]
Scan Date:2011-01-29


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of the New York literary Bohemians, visits to the Edwards family, the activities of London detective Arthur Ledger who is staying in his boarding house, Thomas Nast's courtship of Sally Edwards, two masked balls at his boarding house, a visit to Lotty Granville at Fordham, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, and a visit to the ''Phalanx'' in New Jersey with George Boweryem.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Detectives; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Fordham, New York; New Jersey
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.