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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 6, November 6, 1858

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Identifier: DX03220211

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 6, November 6, 1858

Description: Regarding a talk with William Leslie about Mr. Kendall's wife and marriage.


November, 1858.

6. Saturday. In doors, writing, all the drenching day. [William] Leslie comes home at night with a story of a frightful "accident" which he had almost witnessed, rushing out of his office immediately after it occurred. An explosion of a boiler of a tug-boat [Petrel], three men blown to pieces. The affair had shocked him not a little. We moralized on it, over whiskey and water. Also he got talking about Kendall, a little, moustached, scanty-dark haired, slim, and Bourcicaultish looking Englishman — a very good fellow — who comes to see him. He is in an Exchange Office and plagued it would seem with a b____ of a Yankee wife to minister to whose follies and vanities he has almost to starve himself. Her kinsfolk back her and prey on him. They — the married couple — have parted several times, would so finally last but for the children which he doesn't like to let go to the devil. In accordance with Leslie's advice, he tried letting her have her own way in everything — when she raged at him for not contradicting him. He "was infatuated with her before marriage," suffered rejection once or twice, she having a strong liking for another who jilted her. Kendall meantime made up to another, an eligible match everyway and got engaged to her. Then the old flame threw out lures to bring him back and succeded. He, intentionally picked a quarrel with flame the second, married b____ and got served out for it. The other has since found a husband and come in for a

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-11-06

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Tugboats


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