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Times, the Tribune and the Times Office, seeing
Dana and England at the second, Armstrong at
the third.    At John Pyne s book-store; secesh
talk with him and Nagle.      Met Damoreau (whose
head looked very small) with two or three engravers
from Harper s.   Up town.     In the evening, I
was just taking off my boots when Bellew s ser-
vant girl appeared, with a note from her mas-
ter.   My dear Gunn,  he wrote,  as soon as you
get this, will you come down and see me?   do for
God s sake.     I am very sick and need a kind
friend by me   I dare not trust myself
through the night alone.    I went, of course,
returning with the girl.       I found him avow-
edly better than at the time of writing the letter
and encouraged him, tacitly, to talk and ease
his mind.         Wife had been going it as I sus-
pected, wearying out heart and soul.       Hired
nurse, a cheery sensible woman, couldn t stand
her; said that she wouldn t continue in office
for $100 a night.      Mrs B. had fancied her-
self poisoned, suspected an innocent female ser-
vant and by her ravings so wrought upon
the excited and enfeebled brow of her husband
that he began to think himself poisoned, too,  
detecting imaginary symptoms.    Mrs B. would
get up in the middle of the night, insist on
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page two hundred and fourteen
Description:Regarding Frank Bellew's marital troubles.
Date:1862-02-06
Subject:Armstrong; Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Dana, Charles A.; England; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Medical care; Nagle, James P. (Watt); Pyne, John; 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.