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           Will Waud becomes Confidential.
Street in Levison s life time and all that occur-
red there.   And Will spoke of intentions which
he will hardly carry into effect of returning to
England, and of his marriage.      Of course he
didn t allude to what preceded it, but he talked
half apologetically to himself about it, as though
desirous of persuading himself that it wasn t such
a bad thing to have done, after all.       He intima-
ted that previous to it he had been living very fast
in Boston, risking getting into a state of dange-
rous infatuation about a woman of unquestionably
questionable character   the which I should hard-
ly have suspected him of, his selfishness being
rather of the cool order than the reverse.   Well,
now, he said, he had married a very young girl,
who didn t know much, but she did believe in him
and was very fond of him.        He was especially
down upon eastern women, declaring that they
nine-tenths of them resented the responsibilities of
maternity, adopting odious means to prevent them.
Altogether Bill appeared by no means at ease
with himself; desirous of making out as favorable
a case as possible.           There was an undercurrent
of implied assertion of Stephen Blackpool s verdict
on Life  It s all a Muddle,  which indicated a mind
not too much at ease with itself or its surroundings.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page ninety-five
Description:Describes a conversation with Will Waud.
Date:1861-01-23
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Levison, William; Waud, William; Waud, William, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Charleston, [South Carolina]; Boston, [Massachusetts]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street
Scan Date:2010-05-11

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen
Description:Describes Gunn's experience as a correspondent for ""The New York Evening Post"" in Charleston, South Carolina, in the aftermath of South Carolina's secession from the federal government, including a conflict between A.H. Colt and Mr. Woodward, a visit to Sullivan's Island, John Mitchel's tale of assisting with the lynching of an abolitionist, attending a celebration in honor of Benjamin Mordecai, Will Waud's arrival in Charleston, the scene in Charleston the day the ''Star of the West'' was fired upon by the Morris Island battery, pistol and rifle practice with various Charlestonians, a rumor in New York about his having been tarred and feathered in Charleston, a visit to the quarters of the ''Richland Rifles,'' witnessing a slave auction, and a visit to Colonel Bull's home.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Publishers and publishing; Secession; Slavery; Slaves; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Charleston, South Carolina
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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.