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         Alf Waud s domestic characteristics.
glad he had found something to praise.   Of
his dictatorial domestic economy I had a few
amusing hints.   He wouldn t allow any of the 
children to eat meat;  but I give  em some, now
he s out of the way,  my informant added
with a laugh.        She was glad his campaigning
experience would cure him of his no-
tions.     For instance he would never drink tea
or coffee and vented the most unmitigated sar-
casms on all who did, but now! didn t he
drink coffee! that was all!      He had once
been Nelly s oracle, she had almost starved
herself in following his dogmas, but when
she went to Washington and saw him eating
pie   oh! such pie! the meanest kind! she
told him she shouldn t believe in his dietary
scale any more.       Alf had all these 
kinks long ago; he gets them from the
paternal side.         His wife seemed rather
lonely and dulled by his absence: she loves
him, and spoke of his traits in no unkindly
manner.       She was pleasant and friendly
to me, and looking at her fair face I wish-
ed with all my heart that she was Alf s
legitimately.       Mrs Jewell had gone over
to Jersey, Mrs Sexton was out.        Returned
to New York in time for a latish dinner.
  Apropos of the Waud s, Will has had letters.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page twenty-three
Description:Describes a visit to Mrs. Alfred Waud in Brooklyn.
Date:1862-10-07
Subject:Children; Civil War; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Marriage; Sexton, Nelly; Waud, Alfred; Waud, Nelly; Waud, William; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; [Brooklyn, New York]
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.