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              Damoreau s Revelations
one) there.    This Warne, a good-humored,
common-place chap, who plays in lively manner
on the piano, accompanying others singing, is
a little stricken with Lizzie.        Phillips and
buxom Miss Trainque bill and coo, after the
lovingest sort.         To my room about 9  ,
had stripped and was going to have two hours
of the  Mill on the Floss  when Damoreau came
up.   Over whiskey and water and a pie he
got confidential and talked till past midnight,
barring twenty minutes of Boweryem s presence,
the little man coming up-stairs with lemonade.
Here are Charley s details, involving the charac-
teristics of a very peculiar and not at all satis-
factory woman   of course his wife.         He
confessed that his marriage was  a slip-up. 
She had asserted that she loved him but within
two months subsequent to the union, she privately
mortgaged a sum of $1000 which she possessed
for ten years,  finding,  as she has recently told
her husband,  that she was married to a second-
rate workman, who would probably want to avail
himself of some of the money.    Always distrusting
and suspecting him, her secretiveness being some-
thing perfectly marvellous, her whole married life
has exhibited a preternatural acuteness as to what
she conceives due to her, unqualified by affections
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page sixty-one
Description:Describes Charles Damoreau's talk about his wife and marriage.
Date:1860-06-29
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Boweryem, George; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Phillips; Trainque, Cecilia (Phillips); Warne; Women; Woodward, Lizzie
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of New York literary Bohemians, Frank Cahill fleeing for England after spending money that was meant for ''The New York Picayune,'' visits to the Edwards family, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, a sailing excursion to Nyack with the Edwards family and other friends on the Fourth of July, a fight between Fitz James O'Brien and House at Pfaff's, witnessing a fire at Washington Market, the execution of pirate Albert Hicks on Bedloe's Island, an excursion aboard the ship Great Eastern, a vacation at Grafton with the Edwards family, his growing friendship with Sally Edwards, Lotty Granville's behavior with Brentnall and Hill at his boarding house, Frank Bellew's return to England, and visits to dance houses in the Fourth Ward with friends for an article.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Grafton, 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.