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                Bellew s conjugal Infelicity
He confirms and amplifies some of my impressions
about the infelicity of the match.     He thinks Mrs.
B subject to the national American female insti-
tution of prolapsus interi, in which case her hus-
band s animal nature would not allow him to be
faithful to her; hence her jealousy and unhappi-
ness.   Bob Gun, I know, always used to ac-
count for Bellew s chronic impecuniosity by the
characteristic supposition that he must keep a
mistress, and Cahill has heard somewhat about a
German woman whom  Frank  used to visit.   In
illustration of the occasional rows between himself
and wife, Cahill remembers Bellew s proposing
to bear him company in going off to Jersey for
an afternoon and remaining till next morning,
which they only partly carried into effect, disco-
vering on their return that Mrs. Bellew,  the
Mejor  and his wife had all been greatly alarmed
about Frank, wondering where he had got to.   The
proposal had been the result of a domestic quar-
rel.      I have no doubt whatever but Bellew drew
Nelly Strutt in his story of  Ricketty Dick    a
queer abortive performance, sprinkled with merit
  from his wife.       The poor woman loves, is jealous
of him and unhappy.             Apropos of his debt
to papa Edwards, for the gin supplied to Pasha
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page seventy-three
Description:Regarding Frank Bellew's marriage.
Date:1861-04-09
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Cahill, Frank; Debt; Edwards, George; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Piercy; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-05-24

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, boarding house living, visits to the Edwards family, Mort Thomson's engagement to Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Eldredge, Frank Cahill's return to New York from London, Frank Bellew's dissatisfaction with living in England, Thomas Nast's engagement to Sally Edwards, the scene in New York during the departure of the 7th New York Regiment for Washington, attending the wedding of Olive Waite and Hamilton Bragg, a visit with Frank Cahill to the camp of the 1st Regiment of New York Volunteers and the 2nd Regiment of New York State Militia on Staten Island, the death of Charles Welden, and his reporting work.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, 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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.