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		The Bellew Family.
I suppose both of his sons have been wild in their
time and given him trouble, though Cahill  
not a very good authority on such a point   pro-
nounces him an entirely selfish man, who never
could have really cared for them.       He lives on
his half-pay, but the literary and artistic attempts of his ear-
ly life,  Memoirs of a Griffin,  &c, indicate a
Micawberish tendency not uncommon in ex-
army officers of his class.         He used to write
letters censuring his son, before the latter had re-
turned to England, which Bellew would carry for
three or four days in his pocket unopened, dread-
ing their contents.    In the old country, he interfe-
red with  Frank s  domestic economy (?), chided
him for not going to church, deplored the probabi-
lity of his being fond of drinking &c.       Once,
F. B. wrote an eight page letter in remonstrance
and objection, which Cahill had to deliver.   Mrs.
Bellew, of course, disliked her husband s father.
Beckett was afraid of him; would hide a pot of
beer or bottle of spirits at his approach.    What
Beckett was brought up to   if anything   God knows.
He had attained an equal or greater amount of
debt than his brother.      His wife is French
  a  ward  or something of the sort   hence the
delay in obtaining her fortune.    When F. B. told
us of his brother s marriage, a year and a half
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and fifty-nine
Description:Regarding the Bellew family.
Date:1862-01-04
Subject:Bellew, Francis-John; Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Bellew, Patrick Beckett; Bellew, Patrick Beckett, Mrs.; Cahill, Frank; Debt; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-14

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen
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 life, the shooting of Sergeant Davenport by Captain Fitz James O'Brien for insubordination, and Frank Bellew's marital troubles.
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.