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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 223, April 12, 1856

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Identifier: DX04006956

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 223, April 12, 1856

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


a husband [Albert Brainard] vulgar and jealous. From this time I was interested. I could see she [Mary Brainard] was not happy, and soon after left alone in the house, I made her acquaintance through the medium of such slight courtesies as occasionally carrying her coal-hod upstairs &c or attentions at the table. Leading a desultory artist existence, mostly working in my own room, it would often happen, going in or out that I saw her sitting alone at work in the parlor, on such occasions entering into conversation. I found in her not any very brilliant wit or abstruse ideas, but a refreshing artlessness of thought and manner that increased my interest as they gave indications of an affectionate nature pure and sensitive. I loved already, but could not make up my mind to leave. For 8 years* I had been free from the tender passion, and the feeling was too fresh and new to give up readily. I trusted to my powers of dissimilation to keep it secret. No frail son of Adam was ever worse confounded than I on discovering that my regard was seen and returned. I passed a sleepless night revolving in my mind a thousand plans; to one alone did duty prompt — departure. I determined on it, but delayed till too late. Our feelings could no more be disguised, we loved passionately and purely. A dishonest


* This ignores [Thomas] Allom's little niece, and also the little girl at the Boston Boarding-House.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1856-04-12

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Waud, Alfred R. (Alfred Rudolph), 1828-1891

Subjects: Courtship
19th century


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