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                   About his lying Wife.
for everything but her children.   She objected to
maternity, expressing her dissatisfaction at him,
when she was pregnant.    Her distaste for sexual
intercourse or its responsibilities has excluded him
from a husband s privileges for twelvemonths past.
The varicose vein pleas, though endorsed by a
physician, he evidently discredits.   He says the
woman is cold in temperament, which was what
he never bargained for.     When married at seven-
teen, to a man twice her age, she excluded him
from her apartment for weeks, and was render-
ed a mother only when disabled from active resis-
tance, by sickness.  (Her account, of course.)   Yet
her figure, says Charley, is calculated to excite de-
sire.       Their three children, born rapidly, one
after another, have increased her aversion for her
husband s embraces.     But she is  a perfect mother. 
Charley read me two of her letters, one notably
characteristic of its writer.      Beginning with no
expression of endearment, with simply his Christian
name, she told, in clear, good English, rather
short sentences, of the health and doings of the
children, of her nursing one in delicate health,
his sayings about his  dear papa who had sent
him strawberries everyday    in other words the mo-
ney to obtain them.      That, wrote Beatrice Damo-
rean  was a blessing.        It enabled her to procure
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page sixty-two
Description:Describes Charles Damoreau's talk about his wife and marriage.
Subject:Children; Damoreau, Beatrice (Prideaux); Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29


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.