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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 87, March 6-7, 1858

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Identifier: DX03473744

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 87, March 6-7, 1858

Description: Regarding Allie Vernon and her sister, Josey Winship.

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to be up to snuff generally, but that that dear little creature [Anna Thomson] who is so good and innocent that its a delight to look at her, should be exposed to such contagion [Allie Vernon and Josey Winship] makes one’s blood boil! I’d as soon cut my hand off as wink at it were I of kin to her. [Mortimer] Thomson must have a moral flaw in him to stand it. Sol [Eytinge] is very savage with regard to [Jesse] Haney — as of course the women got to talking of his remark about not wanting to meet Allie. In fact Sol, like the thorough fool he is, thinks that the connection ‘twixt him and Allie will be permanent. He’d marry her if he could, they say! He don’t dare to introduce her to his own family, but will willingly taunt other honest folks. Now Allie, like her sister, is inherently a harlot. She’ll squeeze the hands of his male friends behind his back and, I believe, is as purchasable as the veriest drab that walks the streets. See the unguessable mischief that springs from such a connection. If love could anyway sanctify or palliate adultery, it might in Alf Waud’s case. I know he loves her and I think she [Mary Waud] does him to the extent of her not particularly deep nature. I’m sure she’s true to him and will be so. But would I, if God were to give me mine own true, earnest-hearted Hannah [Bennett] to wife, let her know ‘Mrs’Alf Waud! Not ignorantly at all events. I’d tell her the truth of the connection and then let her choose. A man would be an ass to affect any impossibly high moral standard in judging his intimates — “nobody expects men to be moral” as Lola Montez said — but don’t let us help to make women as bad as ourselves.

7. Sunday. Out with [Frank] Cahill for an hour in the morning. Incidentally I have found out how he split with his cousin [Charles Bailey] Seymour. He read me a bit of a letter he had written in reply

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1858-03-06

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Marriage
Adultery
Diaries
Women

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