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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 199, January 25-26, 1856

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Identifier: DX03993541

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 199, January 25-26, 1856

Description: Regarding Douglas Jerrold abandoning his wife in New York and leaving for Nicaragua, and Mary Levison's comments about it.

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became acquaintance with him [Douglas Jerrold] through [Frank] Bellew. Well, this minor Jerrold having offered various plays to different managers, sold a story to [William] Levison for $25, and half contracted with a publisher to get out a book about London writers, yesterday bolted to Nicaragua, leaving his wife behind, without a cent in the world, and responsible for some $60 at the lodging house, where they had stopped at. Bellew abetted the business, helping him with money, which he got, in advance from Levison. The woman is said to be tall and respectable, her husband moody, sulky, and the match an ill-considered one. This day she comes crying to Levisons office, and he has been playing the part of Good Samaritan, relieving her with some little monies, and getting up a subscription. His conduct, (though stimulated by a little self flattery) shows out well in contrast with that of his hateful wife [Mary Levison]. At supper table we had quite a scene on the topic! Mrs L talked as only a small minded, rancourous woman can about the unhappy wife. “It must be her fault. She didn’t believe she was married to the man. Before she would care about a man who deserted her, when she could get another man to walk with her — !” “She ought to be kicked!” with much more of the like hate for the wretchedness. The argument quite reached the personal.

/ Dropped into [A.F.] Banks, where I found [George] Yewel, and Montgomery comic presently.

26. Saturday. To [Thomas W.] Strongs and — got my drawing re-

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1856-01-25

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Women

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