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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 8, November 8-12, 1858

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Identifier: DX03221816

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 8, November 8-12, 1858

Description: Describes a letter received from Alfred Waud.


Story and Non mi recordo the rest of the day.

9. Tuesday. In doors writing till night when [Oliver] Hillard called and spent the evening with me. Out to Honey’s for ale. A letter — rather a longish one — from Alf Waud. "Mary [Waud]" is in New Hampshire still, Alf out of sorts at her absence and the prevalence of Hard Times. He writes melancholic with a dash of defiance of this, picturesquely and regretfully of Lake Winnipisseogee. He loves her very dearly. Here's a pretty sentence or two. x x "When you love a woman how necessary she becomes to you; to be separated seems to deprive you of half your individuality; her beauty, grace, gentleness, cheerfulness, good heart, all seem yours, by long association, and by so much are you worse when deprived of her society." Yatman's in New York again, in a Wall Street Insurance Office. Here's Bill Waud's home surroundings;" Wife [Sarah Waud] excessively childish, evidently bores him occasionally, though he suffers her attentions with a good grace. She's rather lazy x x gets rid of baby by sticking it on to everybody else. Father-in-law credulous, spiritualist, homeopath, slow — his wife a good-natured Yankee woman."

[10. Wednesday through 12. Friday] Non mi recordo particulars. Writing story. Down town once or twice &c. Another letter from Alf Waud in response to mine — brief, containing sketches. Called at Mrs [Celina] Jewell's, she over in Jersey. Got letters from home, from my mother [Naomi Butler Gunn] and Rosa [Gunn]. Old Mrs [Charlotte Bolton?] Gunn, at Bloxham, "though still alive is almost entirely confined to her bed.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-11-08

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Authors


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