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knew Lucien Bonaparte intimately and corres-
ponded with him.   I have seen a letter of Byron s to Mr
C. in response to one in which the American had suggested
the employment of war steamers in the Greek affair.
Mrs Church herself has travelled in France, Switzer-
land and Italy, with her family.    She is now almost
alone in the world, only cousins or (such as the Martins)
or not very near relatives remaining.    Happily her pru-
dence prevented the evil of penury being added to her lot,
for unquestionably the scoundrel Andreotti would have
robbed her of all, if he d had the power.         It is very
sad to think of a noble womans one cast for happiness and
sympathy resulting so lamentably.        She met him in
Kentucky at a boarding-house, or in general society.
He played the banished patriot, and attached himself to
her closely, winning in the long run by strict, cun-
ning adherence to one rule of systematic deception.   This
was to sham up to her ideal of a man and a gentle-
man.    Her very loftiness of soul and trustingness of
nature   joined to a woman s necessarily circumscribed
knowledge of the world and of character   proved the
means of her betrayal.     The scoundrel ventured boldly,
affecting a purity of mind, a dread of man s free-and-
easy talk, that with them would at once have stamped
him as a miserable hypocrite.   She believed and admi-
red.    Doubtless her loneliness of position and a natural
desire to get married had influence also.    She was not
precipitate about the match and more than once it was
on the point of being broken off.  But he apologized for
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and ninety-four
Description:Regarding Mrs. Church's past.
Subject:Andreotti; Bonaparte, Lucien, prince de Canino; Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron; Church; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Gunn, Thomas Butler; 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.