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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 230, April 12, 1856

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Identifier: DX04013224

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 230, April 12, 1856

Description: Includes the letter Alfred Waud wrote to Mrs. Jewell, explaining how he eloped with her daughter, Mary, and details from Thomas Butler Gunn in 1873 regarding the eventual end of their marriage.


if let alone. If otherwise I [Alfred Waud] have the will and determination to have my own way. For Mary [Brainard]'s sake I offer peace, if it is refused, no matter, she will not know it."


Seventeen years after this date — namely in 1873 — I learnt its legitimate climax and sequel, from Alf Waud himself. That year his "wife" (they had been married twice, then, he said) had left him and their three or four children, and he professed his determination that the separation should be final. It came about thus. When old [Charles W.] Jewell died he left his widow [Celina Jewell] and daughters [Celina Wall and Cornelia Sexton], including Mary, a good sum of money. She had always wanted to go to Europe and never insisted on doing it, with her mother and Mrs Sexton. (Selina, poor thing, went mad and was in an asylum.) Waud objected = they quarreled = she went. He said she had been unfaithful to him, during his absence, while travelling for the Harpers; that she never cared for her children &c. I saw one, a tall girl of sixteen. Mrs Waud alleged he was tyrranous, brutal, &c.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-04-12

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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