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	     And Family.
dren, too, are all Rufuses, the eldest (a girl
of five, whom they prefer to call  Mamy,  in lieu
of her mother s name Mary) being extremely
carrotty.     They all look very healthy and have
the red appears in their cheeks as well as their
hair.      Selina is a girl of three, the last
has as yet only the appellation of  baby.   We
talked awhile, went on the roof, to see the de-
parture of the steamers bearing the troops, re-
turned down-stairs and at about 7 o clock
had dinner; which meal had been unintention-
ally delayed only three hours beyond its time.
It was a very good one, though; and Alf show-
ed hospitably, though bluntly.     Living alone
with him and forming few female acquaintances,
 Mrs. Waud  has adopted many of his ex-
pressions, as I recollect Barth s wife did, at
Mackinac.   He talks with nearly the same free-
dom of expression he uses amongst men; will
quote a jocular brutality about  the inalienable
right of an Englishman to kick his wife in
the stomach  and the like, she taking it in
perfect good-fellowship.     To me she appeared
friendly enough, saying  it seemed natural  to
have me there.       The children were admitted to
their meal after ours, and treated vegetarian-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and twenty-three
Description:Describes a visit to Alfred Waud's house in Brooklyn.
Date:1861-04-21
Subject:Barth, William; Barth, William, Mrs.; Children; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Marriage; Waud, Alfred; Waud, Mamy; Waud, Selina; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Brooklyn, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-01

 

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.