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	About his lying, vicious Wife.
tent to do so.     None of his letters containing
money had miscarried, but two of hers in reply
hadn t reached him, whereupon he got in an 
awful funk and was about telegraphing, when
news from home arrived.     He looked forwards
to his children growing up and showed portraits
(daguerrotypes) of them.    Two sturdy but sulky-
looking children of 6 and 4.    In fact he ha
married a woman above him in pecuniary ideas;
with her antecedents his earnings seemed ridicu-
lously little.     He ought to have chosen some girl
to whom $20 a week would have seemed a
large sum.     Perhaps, however, if he had mar-
ried one who believed in him entirely he might
have neglected her.      It was well to be kept up
to the mark.     (Said rather dolorously.)   But he
couldn t help looking at it from the English
point of view, which conflicted with hers.   Sexual
relation was a very small part of matrimony.
x    x    x    x    No doubt Alf Waud loved his wife
very much, and that she loved him.        The women
were merciless in their judgments of her.         His
wife said the truth was all men liked such
women, if he said a word in her defence.   Alf
had taunted him, in his brutal way, about
his (Damoreau s) having  married an opera -
tive,  an allusion to his wife s working for
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page two hundred and two
Description:Regarding Charles Damoreau's marriage.
Date:1860-05-08
Subject:Children; Damoreau, Beatrice (Prideaux); Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Marriage; Waud, Alfred; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
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.