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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 195, September 4-6, 1858

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Identifier: DX03571086

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 195, September 4-6, 1858

Description: Regarding Mrs. Church and Mr. Andreotti's failed marriage.


having wished her [Mrs. Church] to make her will, and followed her up steadily. I think an honester man, one with more backbone of character might have failed, where the wily Italian didn’t. Andreotti would sit, and grin, and give her back her own sentiments in worse English, seldom risking any bit of individuality. False and facile on the surface he was thoroughly corrupt below, a drunkard, seducer and frequenter of brothels. His predominant characteristic I take to have been overweening conceit. He thought his delightful self worthy of any sacrifice on the part of a woman. He told her as much, saying she attempted “to lower the dignity of man” when she objected to being swindled. She paid his debts before marriage — they were considerable — set him up in business, was abused, sworn at, and robbed to the extent of $2000. The scoundrel had nothing, and wouldn’t work. Now she goes to Europe for a year or so, intending to visit Italy and see her ex-husband’s mother on her way to Sicily, where she will pass the winter. Health and such happiness as may be hoped for be with her! One will miss her very much. She was the only lady in this house, and I liked and respected her.

5. Sunday. To [Frank] Pounden’s at Brooklyn, staying all day and night.

6. Monday. A letter from Alf Waud. Another child born to his “wife” — no sex mentioned. Phonography, writing &c. Afternoon to Doctors, then a call at a new house which Mrs [Cornelia] Sexton and [Celina] Jewell have taken with the old intent to get boarders. Writing at night. An hour with [Henry] Clapp, [Robert] Gun and [Jesse] Haney, in the room of the latter. Clapp told some

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-09-04

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Courtship


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