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another physician sent for; there would
be weary unsuccessful attempts to procure one;
she would threaten to go herself, rave, bemoan
herself, despair, suspect everybody.  A frightfully
morbid nature, deprived of its habitual stimulant
of laudanum   which she has taken yearly in
considerable quantities   her whole being is a tor-
ment to herself and others.       Her jealousy is such
that she would fain keep her husband locked up in the
house; she suspects him of incontinence even when
he goes out to buy a newspaper.         Old Blake-
man was unwise enough to be impressed by her
talk of poison, though she acknowledges the folly
of that now.       He is dismissed and an homeo-
pathic doctor engaged   at which I don t think
Blakeman will have reason to repine in the long
run.    This new physician receives the praise ac-
corded to all new fancies, by both husband and
wife.                Add duns, debt, difficulty
and all the bedevilments inevitably attendant on
an ill-managed improvident household to
domestic misery and Bellew s nervous hell may
be imagined.       His father in law, with whom
he has always been the best of friends,  sprang
a mine on him,  as F. B. phrases it,
t other day.   Bellew had remarked that he
would do so and so, get this or that for his
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page two hundred and fifteen
Description:Regarding Frank Bellew's marital troubles.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Blakeman, William; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Medical care; Physicians and surgeons; Wheeler; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-14


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.