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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 229, April 12, 1856

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Identifier: DX04012328

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 229, April 12, 1856

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


persuing it will picture to herself her daughter [Mary Brainard], still fondly loving her [Celina Jewell], on the point of becoming a mother herself, and alone, but for the love she has chosen. If she will dwell on this picture, and extend her arms in reconciliation, and Christian forgiveness; if she will consider the temptation and her daughter's youth, and see her again, not in wrath, but as a mother forgiving the errors of her child, she will confer a heavenly blessing. If on the other hand she scorns that child, and still desires to separate us, then if we have committed sin, she too does wrong, and continues the errors it were best to bury in the past. I do not stoop to ask this as a favor on my own account. I did as I thought best to a great extent securing Mary’s happiness. She is mine for ever to love and cherish. No purpose could be answered in separating us, only by force might it be accomplished, and that would not long prevail. I know that people were constantly on my track in N.Y. I know also that instigated by a vindictive old man [Charles W. Jewell], rowdies have been sent after me to this place. As before I baffled them. If success had crowned there* endeavours it would not have lasted long, my revenge should follow, sure as night follows the setting sun. In business I am doing well, and likely to compass a position of comfort and competence

(* Sic in M. S.)

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-04-12

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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