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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 222, April 12, 1856

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Identifier: DX04006061

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 222, April 12, 1856

Description: Includes the letter Alfred Waud wrote to Mrs. Jewell, explaining how he eloped with her daughter, Mary.


[cal]ling her, the girls [Cornelia and Celina Jewell] retired into a back room, where they doubtless applied their eyes or ears to the keyhole. Mrs J [Celina Jewell] is a goodish-looking amiable sort of woman of over forty. After a bit of prelude touching my mission — as inquiring whether she was not aware of her daughter [Mary Jewell] being with Alf [Waud], I read his letter to her, according to instructions. Here 'tis, as I shall copy it under the title of

How Alf Waud came to break the Seventh Commandment.

"I write the following pages in order to give my account, as fairly as I am able, of the reasons which led to Mary's flight and subsequent concealment. I will premise with the declaration that I am not a roue, and, I hope, not a villain, as some in New York consider me. Those who know me best can testify that in relation to the other sex I have been unusually pure and honest*. Enough: in December 1854, whilst a boarder at 177 Canal Street, Mary, accompanied by her husband [Albert Brainard] came to became a resident. It was not till some time after her first appearance that I noticed her; then I saw on a casual observation only a well developed girl with an expression of secret care and disappointment; and


* True. Alf only made one slip, before this business (as far as I know.)

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-04-12

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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