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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 64, January 27-31, 1858

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Identifier: DX03454604

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 64, January 27-31, 1858

Description: Regarding Mr. Whitney putting his child born from a mistress up for adoption.


day a mild, cheery one. [George] Arnold and [Fitz James] O’Brien in [Jesse] Haney's room at night.

28. Thursday. To Harpers. Saw [John] Bonner.

29. Friday. In doors all day.

30. Saturday. Down town early. Drawing and writing. A letter from Alf Waud. He has moved to the outskirts of Boston, which costs him a muddy walk to and from business, makes but $2 a day and finds it "a hard struggle" to rub along. [John] Watson the vulturous engraver "making a fool of himself with some female he has picked up."

31. Sunday. In doors — like an ass — all the clear, cold, sunny day. At night to see Mrs [Elizabeth] Gouverneur and had a very amusing evening. / Heard a story of Haney's telling, about one Whitney, one of the proprietors of the Sunday Mercury (on which, by the way [Frank] Cahill is engaged at a salary of $10 per week). It more than parallels [Jean-Jacques] Rousseau's disposal of his children. This Whitney has a mistress, a big Irishwoman, whom he took for the improvement of a pimply complexion, and commended the connection as "coming cheaper than marriage." A child was born. The man — then an advertising agent — got a gratuitous advertisement offering an infant for adoption inserted in the "Dispatch," and on its repetition thrice succeeded in disposing of his own child. Another Irishman acted a his agent in this pretty business, and to this fellow, Whitney subsequently refused the gratuitous insertion of another advertisement in the Mercury!


Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-01-27

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Artists


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