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                American and English Wives.
matters which he evidently considered above the feminine
intellect.    For hearty William had been reared in,
and implicitly adopted the European estimate of
women; involving obedience to their natural superiors,
the males; as the first of all the innumerable duties required of
them, as mothers, wives and unpaid servants of
all work.     And, like her class, good Mrs. Tew never
dreamed of questioning it.       How widely does the
American differ from the English practice in this
aspect!     I find myself making the observation when-
ever I am in company with my own countrywomen;
whom I veritably believe to be the best and most
loveable in the world.    I know the Americans are
ahead of us in justice in things matrimonial, not to talk of liberality, but
I have no doubt as to which system produces most
domestic happiness.   I can only call to mind two
really harmonious American couples, Eldredge and
his wife and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hillard.
  William Tew would verbally correct the weaker ves-
sel, in my presence; which made me feel unpleasant-
ly conscious of it.    But  Jane  took it so with so
little antagonism that it never amounted to anything
serious.     She is, indeed, excellently well suited to
him and one of the hardest-working of good women.
Another class-fault of his: he did not readily
defer his own will or inclinations to those of others;
even when the right of choice was on their side.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and fifty-three
Description:Regarding difference between American and English wives.
Date:1861-09-03
Subject:Eldredge; Eldredge, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hillard, Frank; Hillard, Frank, Mrs.; Marriage; Tew, Jane; Tew, William; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Paris, Ontario, Canada]
Scan Date:2010-06-11

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War; his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post;"" boarding house living; a bridal reception at the Edwards family's residence in honor of the marriage of Sally Edwards and Thomas Nast; a visit to the Heylyn and Rogers families in Rochester; and his trip to Paris, Ontario, to visit George Bolton and the Conworths.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada ; Rochester, 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.