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               Stedman s conjugal infamy.
condemning everything and giving herself pro-
digious airs.           Stedman appeared, transitorilly,
and his wife was living there.     They  didn t agree 
as everybody knew.   The popular impression was 
that he had contracted a foolish, hasty marriage;
 been caught by her pretty face  as Mrs L. ex-
pressed it, and then discovered no intellect, or
congeniality of soul.   So the little beast (of course
I mean Stedman) noises it abroad.          He is th
 very conceited  and gives himself great airs as
an  editor of the World  - being but Washington
correspondent.      And, I m a bit sorry to suppose
that the evil example of the noisome little egotist
has been followed by the bullied and neglected wife.
Her reputation has suffered; she is said to be
unchaste.      A Mr Wallis or Wallacex, a young
lawyer, appears over-intimate with her,  and last
year  quoth Mrs L.  it was George Arnold.    She
had a very quiet way with her,  but Mrs L.
evidently thought her  sly.     The strangest thing
was that Mr Stedman knew, and was very
friendly with Mr Wallis, &c &c.   I believe the
little beast would connive at any infamy if it
subserved his own damnable selfishness.    If
appearances mean anything, his wife was as good
as she was loveable when I first knew the couple.
She believed in the little sweep, obeyed him, was
bullied and browbeaten by him.    If his usage
   x Query Ellis, Stedman s partner in certain stockjobbings and
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page ten
Description:Describes gossip about Edmund Clarence Stedman and his wife.
Date:1862-10-05
Subject:Arnold, George; Ellis; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Leslie, Marion; Marriage; New York world.; Stedman, Edmund Clarence; Stedman, Laura; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Red Bank, New Jersey
Scan Date:2010-10-18

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" at New Orleans, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; boarding house living; a visit to the Rawlings family; a fight with Mr. Blankman at his boarding house; his journey on the North Star with the Banks expedition; the re-occupation of Baton Rouge by Union forces; a visit to a sugar plantation in Louisiana; and Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Thomson's death.
Subject:African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Publishers and publishing; Transportation; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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.