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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 178, December 2-4, 1855

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Identifier: DX03974799

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 178, December 2-4, 1855

Description: Describes a talk with Alfred Swinton about Albert Brainard's pursuit of his wife Mary, who has run away with Alf Waud.


2. Sunday. To Brooklyn, and called on [Alfred] Swinton, who, since leaving his ill-considered and disastrous farm enterprize in Jersey, has taken a house there, where he works at his old craft. (I thought a call might stimulate payment of the remaining half of the money invested for him in illustrated books when in London.) He works for [Frank] Leslie, Orr &c and had something to tell me incidental of Alf Waud. Nat Orr, meeting him, (Swinton,) spoke of the husband [Albert Brainard] and father [Charles Jewell] of Alf’s mistress [Mary Brainard] being aware of his and her locality, — saying that they had resolved to interfere no further — and that Brainard purposed getting a divorce. Also Swinton told the husband’s version of the romantic-pursuit episode on the Jersey shore, — by which it appears that Alf was chased for a mile or more, and that Brainard drew a pistol on him, half compelling him to go to Nat Orrs, at Bergen, as the his suppostitious destination.

To [James] Parton’s after dinner. With him and [Jesse] Haney in Washington Square, on to Edwards [at 745 Broadway] for an hour in the evening. To my room early, in order to write to Hannah [Bennett].

3. Monday. Mercantile Library. Writing to Hannah till 2 P.M.

4. Tuesday. Post Office. Got some dozen resposes to Tribune advertisement. Made calls in answer, Parton doing the like. Mercantile. Sol Eytinge and W. Waud up in the afternoon. Haney too, subsequently. Name of the boarding places decided on. One I found, might, I think, have done, but for it’s cheapness, — which, in conjunction with untidiness of appearance — made Parton veto it.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-12-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Divorce


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