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                  Self-Sophistication.
n t do that said Charley.     He was loved else-
where.  There was a woman, a widow or wife
who would elope with him down south any day
he chose.   But he didn t choose.     The children
were the main objects to be considered.   He should
go on working and sending on money.    It was
easy to champion the brutal side, the selfish
side of the question, to say Give me my rights,
obey me, come hither and live in New York or
I cut off the supplies, but what would that do?
She would work to keep herself and the children,
would accept a situation.       She had friends,
was  a perfect lady  and very much liked.    Every
body would side against him in case of a rup-
ture.       He should hold on for the children s sake.
He predicted that the mother would, in time be
subjugated by him, would obey him.    She did
not love him, she had never loved anybody but
her children, she was, by nature, unalterably
selfish and suspicious.    She would have made
 a splendid wife  for a man with an immense
fortune.      She was always dissatisfied with his
earnings, discontented at having married a me-
chanic.   She had declared when they lived in New
York, not long after marriage, that she should
die if he did not remove to Rhinebeck   to the
country.  That was a bad thing for him financial-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page sixty-five
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
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.