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	          Bellew s Account of
hated debt (?) did everything he could to keep out
of it, but she would incur bills, leaving him the
difficulty and responsibility of meeting them.  He
came home, after a day s business down town, and
found two or three persons, with bills which he knew
nothing about   there might be $30 owing for shoes,
$20 more for this, $15 for that, all debts of
his wife s contracting.   Sometimes she would deny
having ordered the articles   a women had not the 
smallest hesitation or compunction at resorting to a
lie on any occasion on which she conceived it might
be of service to her.        You talked to these people,
persuaded two of them to go away, paid the third.
Then you remonstrated with your wife; she recri-
mated, said mean, odious things to you, went
into hysterics.   Or you came home tired and hun-
gry and found no dinner prepared.      She said
she couldn t get any; you left her no money; al-
though you had given her plenty for the weeks ex-
penses before.  You put on your hat and went
out, got a meal at a restaurant and returned
at midnight.     Then, tired out, when you wanted
to sleep, she, who had had a good doze throughout
the afternoon, persisted in talking till day-light.
In the morning you came down a little wearied
and unfit for business.        The same scenes occur-
red during the day, the next day, the day after
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and ninety-one
Description:Regarding Frank Bellew's opinions on women and marriage.
Date:1862-01-26
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Women
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.