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	      And his Wife.
to like to meet him in the early  Times  days;
believed in him with a good deal of thoroughness
and some simplicity, and respected his judgment.
He was a good literary critic   much better than
the average of the men in that position on the New
York press.    He loved books, then, had a great many
from his office, sent to be reviewed by publishers.
I became acquainted with his firt wife, at near-
ly the same time with himself, though they then
lived apart, he at a hotel, she at Mrs. Leave s,
Franklin Street boarding-house; where I happen-
ed to be sojourning.   She had the room next to
me and used to whistle, inasmuch that I supposed my
neighbour a man until accident enlightened me.   She
was an ugly woman, with a face indicative of shrew-
ishness and bad passions. She talked very fluently
and approbatively, and claimed to be an authoress,
saying she had written in  Ainsworths Magazine, 
for Dickens   Household Words  &c., all of which
I subsequently discovered from her husband, 
to be unmitigated lies.        Stoddart, the poet, used
to visit her; Welden was jealous of him, I
fear with reason.x     I don t know why he and
his wife had parted; he charged her with aban-
doning him, when he lay sick, troubled with a
fistula and she spoke generally against him.
       x No question of it, according to Strong.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and eighty-seven
Description:Gives his recollections of Charles Welden and Welden's wife.
Date:1861-05-18
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leave, Mrs.; Stoddart; Strong, Thomas; Welden, Charles; Welden, Charles, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Franklin Street
Scan Date:2010-06-07

 

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.