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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 167, June 27-28, 1858

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Identifier: DX03547466

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 167, June 27-28, 1858

Description: Regarding Mrs. Simpson, a seventeen-year-old girl who is boarding with the Jewell family.


fifteen to get married to her [Mrs. Simpson's] present husband, has had two children, both dying. Her days pass in perfect idleness, and she's a sloven. Sometimes she won't "fix" her hair before breakfast, or fasten her dress in front. The meal over and the husband off to his work, she ascends to her room, which has been put to rights by the servant. There, she throws off what few things were dragged on in the way of talet, and lays down in her night-dress, and nothing else, on the floor and goes to sleep, perhaps to dinner time. Perhaps she won't dress then. The afternoon is dawdled away in a similar manner, unless she, after an elaborate toilet, turns out for a purposeless walk on Broadway. She can't sew, she knows nothing of cookery, is generally untidy and slatternly and "very good-hearted." Sometimes she and her husband quarrel. He is twice her age, and has education, is tired of and beats her. When she goes out she has six inches of skirt trailing behind her, and is very expensively dressed. She don't read, she don't think, she don't do anything — but look well of evenings. This picture is, I think, not overcharged, nor was it volunteered. There are thousands of such matches in this country (except the beating.)

28. Monday. Hear, sickness and work. A most miserable day. Limbs aching, aching, aching! Crawled to the Doctor in the evening, and saw him for five minutes. A note from Alf Waud this morning, acknowledging receipt of $.

The last four days have not been living with me. They have been simply suffering.


Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-06-27

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Marriage
Wife abuse


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