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ley more or less drunk all the week. /  Hughey  playing the
fiddle of a night in our room. /	Mrs. Hauns daughter, (mar-
ried); an inmate of her mother s house )   about eighteen, not ill-looking
and in the state in which  the gowne of greene was all too wide    
  /   How inexpressibly dear must a woman be, when thus, in the
eyes of a husband who loves; what an angel beauty there must appear
in her sweet face, when first conscious of approaching maternity. I re-
collect some exquisite writing on this topic, (if my memory is right,) in 
Sue s Matilda.  /	Assuredly Circe s magic is but little needed
to effect a transformation on most of the  forked radishes with heads
fantastically carved , that live, breathe and rot in the world they are
so unworthy of   swine are they, and like Gryllus swine they
will be.    Gross, gross, gross   all.   The sight of a woman
about to become a mother is but the provocative to obscene and filthy
jests.			And what thoughts does it bring to me?  
Ah my own dear girl, loved of old, and loved ever,   will thou
ever be my wife?   shall I ever see thy sweet face mirrored in
one that will call me father   oh could I tell thee of the thousand thoughts
the idea conjures up within me!   Why then, then   thou wouldst
love me dearly, dearly, ever dearly.		/	Not at
all well this week, whether mentally or bodily.   Blue devilled
too, witness these rhymes, which I like so well I ll finish when
inspiration s on
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page thirty-six
Description:Comments on the pregnancy of his landlady Mrs. Haun's married daughter.
Date:1849-10-06
Subject:Bilton, Mary; Boardinghouses; Brinsley, Silenus; Faron, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haun, Mrs.; Muir, Hugh; Poetry; Pregnancy; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Jersey City, New Jersey]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One
Description:Details Gunn's first year living in the United States, including his experiences with boarding house living in Jersey City and New York City, looking for work as an artist and a writer, publishing his first book ""Mose Among the Britishers"" and brief visits to Philadelphia and Boston.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Jersey City, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts
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-two 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.