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     Olive Wait becomes Mrs. Hamilton Brag.
him, so he isolated himself on a chair and made
a quietly severe feint of being interested in the
cover of his prayer book.  Presently the bride and
bridegroom appeared, with the assistants.      Miss
Olive looked well enough, was dressed as usual,
with the indispensible veil and wreath.    The bride-
groom seemed a man of thirty and upwards,
a dark-haired person on the good-looking side
of plain.     The clergyman placed them in a
corner of the room, against a door, where they
stood with their hands joined, looking at him,
with much of the air of a couple about to th re-
ceive a lecture; the embryo husband grave, not
to say rigid, Olive with her eyes down-cast, Mrs
Chase, Mercy-Pecksniffish in the way of curls, as
a bridesmaid.                 The ceremony was neither long
nor impressive, the couple signifying assent by
bowing their heads, not by speaking.  A dry prayer
of the commonplace order concluded the business
proceedings.     The husband didn t kiss his newly-
made wife, but such of the company as were acq-
uainted with her did, I among the number.
Boweryem, too, came tip-toeing up and, asking for
his kiss, got it.        I had quite a chat with Olive
subsequently; when rallying her about her reticence
on last Friday evening with respect to the coming
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and eleven
Description:Describes attending the wedding of Olive Waite and Hamilton Bragg.
Subject:Boweryem, George; Bragg, Hamilton; Chase; Chase, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Waite, Olive (Bragg); Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-01


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.