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		Mrs. F. Bellew.
could know nothing of any woman before marriage.
  I felt very sorry for him and, fully aware
that there were two sides to the question;
that his loose-handed improvidence has enabled
the woman to contract debt after the manner she
does; that his lack of rigid honesty abets hers;
yet was persuaded that two-thirds of his accu-
sations were just.    To her, I believe his conduct
has been without fault; always kind, tender
considerate and gentlemanly.   He must have loved
her a good deal, once, if he does not now; he
has drawn her portrait thousands of times; one
finds it on his blocks, on the margins of sket-
ches, on scraps of paper; even the child, Allie,
has learnt to draw this omni-present, maternal
profile, and with skill.        Put what Bellew
told me this evening into combination with
his Nelly Strutt in  Ricketty Dick  and you
have Mrs. Bellew s character complete.    In the
story the woman is horribly suspicions, jealous,
exacting, worrying, unreasonable and indirectly
the cause of her husband s death.           All the
time of my stay, Mrs. Bellew was  sick  up-
stairs.     We had a quiet tea in the back
parlor, little Allie officiating, and a pretty, quiet
young girl, a friend of hers, of about her own
age being present.      Mrs. B. had something spe-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and ninety-three
Description:Regarding Frank Bellew's marriage.
Date:1862-01-26
Subject:Bellew, Allie; 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.