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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 202, May 8, 1860

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Identifier: DX02989415

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 202, May 8, 1860

Description: Regarding Charles Damoreau's marriage.

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About his [Charles Damoreau's] lying, vicious Wife [Beatrice Damoreau].

[con]tent to do so. None of his [Damoreau's] letters containing money had miscarried, but two of hers [Mrs. Damoreau's] in reply hadn't reached him, whereupon he got in an awful funk and was about telegraphing, when news from home arrived. He looked forwards to his children growing up and showed portraits (daguerrotypes) of them. Two sturdy but sulky-looking children of 6 and 4. In fact he had married a woman above him in pecuniary ideas; with her antecedents his earnings seemed ridiculously little. He ought to have chosen some girl to whom $20 a week would have seemed a large sum. Perhaps, however, if he had married one who believed in him entirely he might have neglected her. It was well to be kept up to the mark. (Said rather dolorously.) But he couldn't help looking at it from the English point of view, which conflicted with hers. Sexual relation was a very small part of matrimony. x x x x No doubt Alf Waud loved his wife [Mary Waud] very much, and that she loved him. The women were merciless in their judgments of her. His wife said the truth was all men liked such women, if he said a word in her defence [sic]. Alf had taunted him, in his brutal way, about his (Damoreau's) having "married an operative," an allusion to his wife's working for

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-05-08

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Children
Diaries
Marriage
Women

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