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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 228, April 12, 1856

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Identifier: DX04011432

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 228, April 12, 1856

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

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in the future. That girl [Mary Brainard] I loved so well, and whom I could have made so happy, and who would have made a man of me in place of the poor devil I felt like. Let me not be judged as wholly selfish, if I thought better to secure the happiness of two, in place of the wretchedness of all three.

If by removing myself Mary had been happy, without murmuring I would have done it. But consideration for a man I hated [Albert Brainard] could not be expected. When she consented to fly it was well knowing the cost, and with a fair estimate of the vindictive and constant persecution that followed; also of the disgrace attaching to our names, and that in this good world (where all do the same, and worse, with the slight difference that they do it on the sly) we should be shunned as fearful sinners. We prepared to brave it all. Liberty to live and die together was all we wished, no ceremony was necessary to bind our love, and we have been as happy as we can expect, with one exception, Mary's fervant wish to see her mother [Celina Jewell], and gain her forgiveness, a wish almost without hope. To that Mother, long since, she would have confided all, but tht the actions of her friends were not calculated to inspire confidence. This sheet is written without her knowledge, in the hope that her Mother

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1856-04-12

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Marriage
Women
Adultery

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