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Met Selina Jewell who told me that Alf Waud intends
coming to New York, and that she herself is going to
get married in November.   A boarding-house intimacy.
She s often talked of  him  to me, but never seemed to con-
sider herself obliged to drop other flirtations or familiarities with others in
any degree.  Says he s  a pretty man,   goodnatured  &c.  She
is a girl of good instincts, no education or culture and no
more idea of the responsibilities of marriage than could be ex-
pected from her affinities.       She ll do her duty as far as
she knows how, and they ll get along as God pleases!  Some
few visits back she asked me why I didn t get married. I
told her the truth, I couldn t afford to.  I shouldn t be very
expensive!  said she.   I gave her a bit of a sketch of married
poverty, drawing on my knowledge of the Greatbatches.   I
wouldn t have children!  was her comment.    Damnably Ame-
rican!      It never occurs to any of them that this sort of
thing may be wrong.    Any Englishman who hasn t got de-
civilized by long residence here, and who is over one and twen-
ty is an ass if he marries an American.
  6.  Friday.  Doctor back from Saratoga   saw him.
In the evening over to Pounden s with him.   The Captain
of the vessel which took him to Haiyti, and who nursed him
very kindly during a short but severe attack of yellow
fever, on their return, was to have accompanied us, with
his daughters, but they didn t appear.   Pounden s wife s sis-
ters and other girls in the house, so that it looked quite
full.   Mrs P friendly and talkative as usual.   She is
a very good-meaning woman, a good wife and manager
and unquestionably fond of her child and husband.  But
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and seventy-five
Description:Mentions that Selina Jewell is going to be married in November.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Marriage; Pounden, Frank; Pounden, Frank; Waud, Alfred; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada
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 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.