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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 183, August 21, 1860

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Identifier: DX02774646

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 183, August 21, 1860

Description: Regarding Frank Bellew's wife and marriage.



Their [Frank and Catherine Bellew’s] Elopement.

particulars of the elopement but discreetly holds his [Fitz James O’Brien’s] tongue; they say he [Frank Bellew] had an altercation with and thrashed the husband [Catherine Bellew’s first husband]. I fancy the man was a doctor. Bellew told [Frank] Cahill once, that he had never known her as a wife until she became his — which Cahill didn’t believe nor do I. A divorce was effected out west, whither they fled, and they are now legally married. Her father and brothers are on the friendliest terms with Bellew; for a long time, previous to his return to New York he lived at Concord at the former’s residence. This was when he came acquainted with [Ralph Waldo] Emerson. The journey out west lasted some time; they went down south, too, to New Orleans, Mobile &c. I am pretty sure that Bellew has portrayed his wife in Nelly Strutt in his story of “Ricketty Dick” published in the Picayune, where she appears as a woman morbidly in love with her husband, but suspicious, jealous and tantalizing to a dreadful degree — ultimately the cause of his death. The story is trite enough, barring the chapter comprising this. Few of Bellew’s friends seemed to like the poor woman, Bob Gun didn’t, Cahill hardly, (he said he objected to her not caring about her other children) and I suspect that [Jesse] Haney

coverage:New York, New York, Cliff Street; Franklin Square; Pearl Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-08-21

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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