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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 190, August 29-30, 1858

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Identifier: DX03566862

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 190, August 29-30, 1858

Description: Regarding Mrs. Pounden supporting her husband.


oddity of a newly wed man [Mr. Maltravers] being willing to postpone his honeymoon. “Perhaps he wanted to make sure of me!” she [Celina Jewell] replied. “Why didn’t you go with him?” I asked. “Oh! He didn’t want me!” She was in lively spirits and looked very well. I had a bit of wedding-cake and wine, chatting with the three, mother [Mrs. Celina Jewell] and daughters [Nelly Sexton]. Johnson called — didn’t say much. Despite the bride’s light way of talking of things, I noticed a shade of womanly feeling unusual in her. There’s something so sacred and touching about marriage that a woman cannot but show to some advantage in it. Left, after an hour’s gossip.

30. Monday. Wrote to Alf Waud. Out for two hours before dinner. Evening down stairs talking with Mrs Church. That most odious of Irishmen, Pounden pere, has not shown at table for the last two weeks, being drunk all that time and longer. He forces his wife to give him money — her earnings. She wants her son Frank [Pounden] to take him. She and Mrs [Catharine] Potter had a jolly row a week agone, for which Mrs P. was about to clear them out of the house. It began in consequence of our landlady asking for money, at which the other Mrs P. took great offence and denounced her creditor as a “great fleshy woman who lived in idleness, while she was working her fingers off her bones” &c. Subsequently she apologized and they made it up. The woman is a worthy woman and has sense, though she does believe in her husband to a certain extent. What would become of the brute did she not!

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-08-29

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Irish
19th century


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