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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 163, June 18-19, 1858

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Identifier: DX03544099

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 163, June 18-19, 1858

Description: Describes a letter from Alf Waud, in which Alf complained about his brother Will's marriage to the daughter of a boarding house keeper.



"boy" Rawson Gill has left this house temporarily, his mother [Elizabeth Gouverneur] — amiable woman! — having half discarded him. As he's 22, he makes her look old. The "boy's" a loafer with only the good quality of dogged honesty. He's gone to live with the Martin's, on invitation — the mother being mean enough to connive at it.

19. Saturday. Down town by 8, Leslie's & Post Office. Return. Letter from Alf Waud, which has apparently crossed mine. Here's the way in which he communicates an item of news, slightly condensed. "I'm at present disgusted with everything. There's that infernal old (?) fool of a brother Bill [Waud] married to a vulgar, little, affected (this is in confidence) daughter [Sarah Candee] of his boarding-house keeper. Her only qualifications are youth and freshness. I only became acquainted with the fact yesterday, though he must have been wed a month ago. I presume he was ashamed to tell me and God knows he ought to be. There's not the least necessity except a sensual one. He is in debt, owes me nearly $100, and his last years tailor's bill &c. He knows how badly our mother [Mary Fitzjohn Waud] wants assistance; besides our father [Alfred Waud]'s recent death should have put it off. x x It shows how utterly heartless he is to form such ties when there's a child of his, living on the charity of strangers in England, it's mother brought to shame and deserted. He ought to help her pecuniarily at least. No girl of 16 is fit for marriage. She is excessively childish, even for an American girl. x x hot bottomed x mother got 'em married that they might indulge legitimately. Bill an imposter, deals in false pretenses — they don't know his

coverage:New York, New York
coverage:Boston, Massachusetts

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-06-18

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries


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