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	Extenuation of a Tyrant by the Victim.
ly.   It was the same story always, her idea of
matrimony being: all the responsibilities, none of
the privileges for the husband.        She always ridicu-
led and spoke against his sister Emma.           He recog-
nized his present plight as the proper punishment
for his own selfishness and want of natural affec-
tion for the good old maid.     He ought to have mar-
ried a woman who would have accepted and made 
a sister of his.    Emma knew nothing of the real
state of affairs.      He had not breathed a word of it
to anybody by but me.    He didn t want me to
believe him the contemptible  peep  he appeared. The
state of things wasn t going to last always, he might
break it off after a year or so.       But the children
shouldn t be sacrificed, of that he was determined.
He had never found affection in his wife, only an
exacting, complaining, suspicious, remorseless, unti-
ring, clever woman.       She was  a superior woman
   an extraordinary woman.     What she brought against
him she could put into  splendid language.     He, too
had made a good struggle for it, but what could
you do?     All Englishwomen thought of nothing else
in matrimony but of taking the honest chances
of maternity as part of the contract; you couldn t
get Englishmen to believe in lettres francaises and
onanism.      He could name four or five cases in
which the former were regularly used by married
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page sixty-six
Description:Describes Charles Damoreau's talk about his wife and marriage.
Date:1860-06-29
Subject:Brown, Emma; 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.