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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 182, August 21, 1860

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Identifier: DX02773901

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 182, August 21, 1860

Description: Regarding Frank Bellew's wife and marriage.

Transcription:

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[Frank] Bellew’s Wife [Catherine Bellew].

papa [George] Edwards righted. I think, though, he might have suggested Bellew’s drawing a bill on him and his cashing it, taking the worth out of Bellew in drawings, for which there was a constant demand. How the money goes which Bellew earns who shall say? I have heard it whispered that his wife is extravagant, but nothing that I have observed confirms it. They have moved about from place to place and that has been attributed to her also. Anyway the proverbial skeleton in every man’s house occupies the nuptial chamber. She was another man’s wife, the mother of other children besides little Ally [Bellew] when Bellew eloped with her. I have heard she lived wretchedly with her first husband, that he neglected, beat, and was unfaithful to her. [William] North, [Fitz James] O’Brien and Bellew seem to have visited the house, perhaps they boarded in it. The husband, subsequent to the elopement, came bewailing his loss to [James L.] Smith of the Courier, who wrote something about it, which appeared on that paper as did a similar item by [Charles F.] Briggs in the Times. I remember reading something of it. Bellew was wroth with both Smith and Briggs until within the last twelvemonth. O’Brien knows all the

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-08-21

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Marriage
Women
Artists
Debt
Adultery

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