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	        Their Elopement.
particulars of the elopement but discreetly
holds his tongue; they say he had an alterca-
tion with and thrashed the husband.      I fancy
the man was a doctor.    Bellew told Cahill
once, that he had never known her as a wife
until she became his   which Cahill didn t 
believe nor do I.   A divorce was effected out west, whit-
her they fled, and they are now legally mar-
ried.       Her father and brothers are on the
friendliest terms with Bellew; for a long
time, previous to his return to New York
he lived at Concord at the former s residence.
This was when he came acquainted with
Emerson.        The journey out west lasted
some time; they went down south, too, to
New Orleans, Mobile &c.        I am pretty sure
that Bellew has portrayed his wife in Nelly
Strutt in his story of  Ricketty Dick  published
in the Picayune, where she appears as a woman
morbidly in love with her husband, but suspicious,
jealous and tantalizing to a dreadful degree   
ultimately the cause of his death.   The story is
trite enough, barring the chapter comprising
this.    Few of Bellew s friends seemed to like
the poor woman, Bob Gun didn t, Cahill hard-
ly, (he said he objected to her not caring about
her other children) and I suspect that Haney
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and eighty-three
Description:Regarding Frank Bellew's wife and marriage.
Date:1860-08-21
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Cahill, Frank; Emerson, Ralph Waldo; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; 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.