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Though I knew their names, the identity had
not occurred to me, at first; I doubt if he
had spoken of having a wife.     They became
reconciled and lived together again, when I visit-
ed them; they appeared even happy.    But he
drank still and she was, I fear, constant to her
wretched antecedents, which I have chronicled seven
or eight years ago.         I was plagued with both
of their confidences, then, and got into a small
row about it; though it came to nothing.     Finally
she robbed, left him, fled to Australia, where she
had a brother, and there died   as he informed me.
I have seen his second wife, but know little of
her; I doubt if the marriage was a happy one,
or if they lied much together.    Of late, Welden
appeared continually intoxicated; he used lauda-
num, too; would pour it into his tumbler when
before drinking, in a bar-room   this I have on
Cahill s testimony.       Everybody had got to regard
him as a hopeless case: I liked him for what
he had been, rather than what he was.   There was
a feebleness about him which touched one; it often
pained me to meet him.       I m afraid he talked
loosely and was unveracious, but God pardon his
errors! all of them, now!           I fear there is not
one soul that really loved him in the world.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and eighty-eight
Description:Gives his recollections of Charles Welden and Welden's wife.
Subject:Drunkenness; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Welden, Charles; Welden, Charles, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-07


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.