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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 221, August 23-24, 1857

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Identifier: DX03795024

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 221, August 23-24, 1857

Description: Describes a visit to Alf and Mary Waud in Boston.


inquiry as to what it was. This was done with an air of indulged pettishness. He [Alfred Waud] sulked a little about it.

Alf himself, I can reckon up, pretty truly, now. I don’t believe in him as I once did any more. He is ill-conditioned. He has a rude phrase and evil comment for every body and everything. His spleen has been intensified by his position and he, whether consciously or not, resents people’s knowledge of it. It is as though he were perpetually attempting to bully the world with an “I don’t care! Everybody is as bad, if not worse!” All the time this jarred with me. I was dull and constrained; though old times had their influence, yet I knew this wretched cant of “All Scoundrels!” to be senseless and to have its root in wrong-doing. They live quite isolated, as it were, she [Mary Waud] having no female acquaintances, and not often venturing out. He bids her go, sometimes, for exercise. She is an affectionate, uneducated girl, and believes in him. His love is based on passion.

We came back by the cars, and didn’t go out again that night. Subsequently it rained fiercely.

24. Monday. To Winter Street. Saw Will Waud, whiskerless, moustached and timely dressed. In Alf’s office most part of the morning. Went in to see [Charles] Damoreau. He and Waud have never been reconciled since their squabble. Charley wrote Alf a placable letter but he attributed the desire for reconciliation to a dread on Damoreau’s part of his (Alf’s) going into the engraving business and so “injuring him.” Alf vilifies

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1857-08-23

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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