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	    And Talk of his Brother.
her kinsfolk said,  Well, if he can manage her
its more than her mother and grandmother could, 
expecting she would prove a shrew.    I asked if
she were English.        No; Italian-Irish, or French
Irish; I forget which.              Beckett came home
drunk, night after night, brawled, shouted, swore,
brought home riotous and inebriated companions;
treating his wife s objections as those of a child   in
short his conduct was atrocious.     Now they get on
capitally together. (?) It was her money they were living
on; but she came to him for every penny of it; he
played Sultan in saying yes or no; half the time
he would tell her they couldn t afford this or that
  they must be very economical.       Of course I
demurred at accepted Petruchio as a model for all
husbands, suggesting Justice as the basis of all
relations between man and woman, as between man
and man.          I saw and knew that he generalized
entirely from his individual experience.      He assert-
ed that all good, kind, gentle-spirited men were hen-
pecked; they could not bear to do the things neces-
ary to bring women to reason.       Then came the
statement of his own case, put hypothetically.  He
knew a man whose wife s behavior was eating his
heart out.   He was well off   nice house and all
that sort of thing   had a good business   they might
live quite comfortable, but it was horrible.       He
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and ninety
Description:Regarding the relationship between Patrick Beckett Bellew and his wife.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Patrick Beckett; Bellew, Patrick Beckett, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; 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.