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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 148, April 10-11, 1860

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Identifier: DX02934014

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 148, April 10-11, 1860

Description: Regarding Alfred and Mary Waud's attempts to get a divorce from her legal husband, Albert Brainard.

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Alf Waud’s “Wife” [Mary Jewell Waud] and a Lawyer.

in accordance with his [Waud’s] instructions, has applied to a lawyer, in order to take the initiatory steps towards getting a divorce, when the man put so many questions to her [Mary Waud] as to the minutiae of [Albert] Brainard’s asserted “desertion” that she was dismayed and postponed satisfying them till Alf’s return. The lawyer wanted to know filthy particular things, all unconsciously ironical to the last degree when contrasted with the facts of the case, as: did she know where her husband had gone, to when he left her?, did she apply to all available means of informing him of her condition &c., &c. Alf laughs and opines the man is a very smart lawyer &c and proposes going on to Boston next Saturday. Old [Charles] Jewell, whom he visits, is prepared to do a piece or two of perjury to effect this divorce, which I shouldn’t consider very legal, thus obtained.

11. Wednesday. In doors, writing and chores, till 6, when, up to 16th Street intending to sup with [Jesse] Haney. He absent. Met Mrs. [Catharine] Potter, who spoke of her being about to leave her present abode, the house having been let to somebody else. Mrs. [Elizabeth] Griffin, ex-Gouverneur has been in New York, stayed two day’s at Mrs. P’s, the latter says Mrs. G shut herself up in a room,

coverage:New York, New York, Cliff Street; Franklin Square; Pearl Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1860-04-10

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Divorce
Diaries
Lawyers
Marriage

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