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                Mutual Conjugal Deceit.
this and that, necessaries for housekeeping and
nourishment for the sick child, and a certain
article of dress for herself  the first I have had
for seven years.   That  quoth Charley, paren-
thetically,  I don t like!     From thence she pro-
ceeded to speak of his next week s remittance,
mentioned what sum she could  do with, in a
clear, exact, chilling, passionless manner, suf-
ficiently marked and noticeable.       Then follow-
ed news of friends and acquaintances, and the
letter closed with as calm abruptness as it had
commenced.     There was additional reason for
this coldness beyond what Charley had previously
mentioned.    Within the peculiar twelvemonths of
conjugal abstinence, his wife had discovered him
 taking liberties  with the person of their servant-girl
   an American girl, you know!  adds Charley,
suggestively.    His wife did not betray herself  
said never a word of it until her own time, but
she made the girl write Charley a letter from her
dictation, calculated to draw him into an admis-
sion of attempts upon the inditer s chastity.   He
was too shrewd to fall into the trap, so he res-
ponded by inquiring what familiarities she complain-
ed of.       Straight comes the answer recapitulating
 all I had ever done to her.  (He asserts his in-
nocence of more than preliminary familiarities.)
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page sixty-three
Description:Describes Charles Damoreau's talk about his wife and marriage.
Date:1860-06-29
Subject:Children; Damoreau, Beatrice (Prideaux); Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Women; Working class women
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.