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	       Bellew s Wife.
papa Edwards righted.     I think, though,
he might have suggested Bellew s drawing
a bill on him and his cashing it, taking the
worth out of Bellew in drawings, for which
there was a constant demand.          How the
money goes which Bellew earns who shall
say?       I have heard it whispered that his wife
is extravagant, but nothing that I have obser-
ved confirms it.    They have moved about from
place to place and that has been attributed
to her also.        Anyway the proverbial skeleton
in every man s house occupies the nuptial
chamber.    She was another man s wife,
the mother of other children besides little Ally
when Bellew eloped with her.       I have heard
she lived wretchedly with her first husband,
that he neglected, beat, and was unfaithful to her.
North, O Brien and Bellew seem to have
visited the house, perhaps they boarded
in it.   The husband, subsequent to the elope-
ment, came bewailing his loss to Smith of
the Courier, who wrote something about it, which
appeared on that paper as did a similar
item by Briggs in the Times.    I remember
reading something of it.    Bellew was wroth
with both Smith and Briggs until within the
last twelvemonth.     O Brien knows all the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and eighty-two
Description:Regarding Frank Bellew's wife and marriage.
Date:1860-08-21
Subject:Bellew, Allie; Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Briggs, Charles F.; Edwards, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; North, William; O'Brien, Fitz James; Smith, James L.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

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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.