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       Alf Waud s  Wife  and a Lawyer.
in accordance with his instructions, has ap-
plied to a lawyer, in order to take the initia-
tory steps towards getting a divorce, when the
man put so many questions to her as to
the minutiae of Brainard s asserted  deser-
tion  that she was dismayed and postponed
satisfying them till Alf s return.    The lawyer
wanted to know filthy particular things, all
unconsciously ironical to the last degree when
contrasted with the facts of the case, as: did
she know where her husband had gone, to when
he left her?, did she apply to all available means
of informing him of her condition &c., &c.    Alf
laughs and opines the man is a very smart
lawyer &c and proposes going on to Boston
next Saturday.    Old Jewell, whom he visits,
is prepared to do a piece or two of perjury
to effect this divorce, which I shouldn t con-
sider very legal, thus obtained.
  11.  Wednesday.  In doors, writing and chores,
till 6, when, up to 16th Street intending to
sup with Haney.   He absent.    Met Mrs. Potter,
who spoke of her being about to leave her present
abode, the house having been let to somebody else.
Mrs. Griffin, ex-Gouverneur has been in New
York, stayed two day s at Mrs. P s, the lat-
ter says Mrs. G shut herself up in a room,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and forty-eight
Description:Regarding Alfred and Mary Waud's attempts to get a divorce from her legal husband, Brainard.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Brainard; Divorce; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jewell; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Potter, Mrs.; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):16th Street
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.