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     Alf s  wife  tattling about her Elopement.
dined with Mr. and Mrs. Wall, at a rather
stylish boarding house.   Little Wall very hospitable.
There s been some kind of a row between Selina
and her sister Nelly, at Waud s house in Bos-
ton, and Alf, in his usual moderate way, de-
nominates the former  a fool.      I can t see that
either of the three sisters have any special advan-
tage over the others in intellect, certainly not
Alf s choice.      Will told a suggestive anecdote of
her.       Having a sewing-machine, which Alf got,
for drawing, she went to a place to be taught
to use the instrument, and while there, related a
highly-romantic account of her elopement with Alf,
sinking all about the husband!           I wondered
how the Devil,  quoth Will,  so and so came to
hear such stuff.     Of course it got round, through
the cackling of the women, to Will s wife s ears 
and to his.          She knows Alf s domestic relations,
probably her papa also.      Jolly state of things gene-
really!                     Stayed till 9 with the Walls,
then to Bleecker St, and out again, at the over-
the-way boarding-house subsequenty.
  28.  Wednesday.  Writing &c.  Down-town in
the afternoon,  Nic-nax,   Courier  and Post Office.
Evening to Bartows, where I found Ledger and
stayed till 9, returning to a bath and Morris 
company.             I have remarked, of late,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and twenty-three
Description:Regarding Mary Waud's tales of her elopement with Alf Waud.
Date:1860-03-27
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Jewell, Selina (Wall); Ledger, Arthur; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Sexton, Nelly; Wall; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William; Waud, William, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

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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.