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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 7, April 12, 1856

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Identifier: DX03621112

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 7, April 12, 1856

Description: Describes reading a letter from Alfred Waud to Mrs. Jewell and her daughters regarding Mary Jewell's elopement with Alf.

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April 1856.

12 Saturday. (Continued.) I had got to within a dozen lines of the conclusion of Alf [Waud]'s letter, (Mrs J [Celina Jewell] being considerably affected at certain parts of it,) when the door of the inner room opened and at the girls [Cornelia and Celina Jewell] demanded a word or two with their mother, at the same time saying "If it's about Mary [Brainard, their sister] we've as much right to know as mother." So at general request I re-read the letter, one of the daughters sitting on a stool beside me, and the other standing. This time they were all crying. We then talked matters over, I pressing the advisability of adopting the wisdom of the homely proverb, and "making the best of a bad job." My mission was half accomplished, I saw, by the letter, and the mother's wish to know something of her daughter's position. They were all at sea on that question, inquiring at first whether she and her companion were in England, and then whether they were in New York. I, as instructed didn’t state where, but intimated Boston as the recent locality, leaving the impression they had been chased from thence by old [Charles] Jewell's spies. They knew nothing of that, hence Alf must have been mistaken as to their participation in it. Menelaus [Albert Brainard] is at sea, and has broken all connection with the family. He has also had the malignity to go to a dancing school frequented by these girls, to spread the scandal of his own dishonor — for which

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1856-04-12

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Women
Adultery
Marriage

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