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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 169, November 14, 1855

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Identifier: DX03966780

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 169, November 14, 1855

Description: Describes a conversation with Alcock about former proprietors of The New York Picayune.


under the title of Doctor Cheeseman’s Female pills — the name being a plagiarism of that of a well known physician. The nostrum was advertised after the usual damnable mode, as not to be taken by women during pregnancy. Of course ‘twas merely Abortion made easy, and this old, bald sinner [Alcock], and father of a family told me in high glee how many ‘girls in the family way’ came to see the Doctor, — whom he occasionally personated, for a salary of $10 per week. “You never did see such times,” said he. “Upon my word the place was nothing better than a brothel.” [Dick] Hutchings too, with his brother &c swindled some Italian of $800. (“But they always paid me, honorable enough,” quoth Alcock.) [Joseph] Woodward, he heard was on a farm in New Jersey. “He never comes to New York — don’t dare to, I suppose,” he said. Bunnell has, after trying-land speculation, i has gone west. [Thad] Glover is hardish-up. I think that the people who have been connected with the “Picayune” in the way of proprietorship, editorializing &c, have, up to the advent of [Jesse] Haney been the vilest, most dirty souled knaves conceivable. Hutchings and Woodward, founders, [Joseph] Scoville, Harrington, (Vose I only know of as a fool, but there’s no reason to think him better than the rest,) Robinson, and Glover &c &c — I’ll write no more about them. A letter from Alf Waud, containing one from for his brother [William Waud]. He, Alf is at work for Andrew, drawing the birds eye view of Boston from the State House cupola. [Charles] Damoreau’s wife [Beatrice Damoreau] has not yet joined him, being says Waud “as full of tantrums as she can be,” and on the credit of pregnancy drawing all possible money from Charley. “She

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-11-14

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Abortion
Medical care
Publishers and publishing


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