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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 175, August 5-6, 1858

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Identifier: DX03554207

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 175, August 5-6, 1858

Description: Mentions that Miss Celina Jewell is going to be married in November.


Met Selina Jewell who told me that Alf Waud intends coming to New York, and that she herself is going to get married in November. A boarding-house intimacy. She’s often talked of “him” to me, but never seemed to consider herself obliged to drop other flirtations or familiarities with others in any degree. Says he’s “a pretty man,” “goodnatured” &c. She is a girl of good instincts, no education or culture and no more idea of the responsibilities of marriage than could be expected from her affinities. She’ll do her duty as far as she knows how, and they’ll get along as God pleases! Some few visits back she asked me why I didn’t get married. I told her the truth, I couldn’t afford to. “I shouldn’t be very expensive!” said she. I gave her a bit of a sketch of married poverty, drawing on my knowledge of the Greatbatches. “I wouldn’t have children!” was her comment. Damnably American! It never occurs to any of them that this sort of thing may be wrong. Any Englishman who hasn’t got decivilized by long residence here, and who is over one and twenty is an ass if he marries an American.

6. Friday. Doctor back from Saratoga — saw him. In the evening over to [Frank] Pounden’s with him. The Captain of the vessel which took him to Haiyti, and who nursed him very kindly during a short but severe attack of yellow fever, on their return, was to have accompanied us, with his daughters, but they didn’t appear. Pounden’s wife’s sisters and other girls in the house, so that it looked quite full. Mrs P friendly and talkative as usual. She is a very good-meaning woman, a good wife and manager and unquestionably fond of her child and husband. But

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-08-05

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diseases
Yellow fever


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