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                 Wrong causing Wrong.
 That letter,  says Charley,  I took care not to
answer.    When he came to New York, the girl,
still under the wily Beatrice s coercion, wrote to him,
asking for money to join him.             His wife desired
to have her husband so in her power, that in the
event of a separation, she might be sure of securing
the children (?)  This, he thinks.  (It may be not
so much from affection for them, but as a means 
to retain him as her vassal and drudge, through
the medium of his love for their mutual offspring;
which love is demonstrable, presently.)       Further-
more she has caused him to be watched in New
York, probably by a detective.   This she spoke of
on his return to Boston, when his welcome consisted
of a statement, on her part, of her knowledge of
the servant-girl business and a general sum-up
of his sins of omission, from her point
of view.    He found, too, a letter which had been
purloined from him in New York, the answer by
a woman, to one he had written in response to
her advertisement for a husband.     He replied in
French.       The letter, he says, proves nothing   there
was nothing to prove.       He does not present constant-
cy to his wife, spoke indefinitely of amours he had
been and was engaged in.           His wife doesn t care
about such, her only objection apparently being
an apprehension of his  going too low.    He need-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page sixty-four
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]; Boston, [Massachusetts]
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.