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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 84, October 9-11, 1856

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Identifier: DX03692077

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 84, October 9-11, 1856

Description: Describes meeting Francis Sexton, Cornelia's husband.


Mrs [Celina] Jewell's in the evening I found a common-faced man [Francis Sexton] waiting on the door step, who repeated my ring at the bell with violence, and on the appearance of Mrs [Cornelia] Sexton assailed her very grossly, being, apparently, under the combined influences of liquor and jealousy. His first inquiry was why didn't she make haste to let "her man" in. (I soon gathered from his words that he was her husband.) Mrs Jewell coming up stairs at the clamor the fellow vilified her also, talking to her as to the mistress of a brothel, charging her with abetting her daughters prostitution &c. My first impulse was to hit him straight between the eyes, drag him out to the street and commence pounding him; but two or three people had collected at the uproar, and were listening to his charges; I saw no good would come out of a brawl, said a few words to the ass and left.

10. Friday. Drawing and down town. An evening walk.

11. Saturday. Drawing, and down town with drawings for Nic nax, (6 of them.) To Radways &c. Evening to Greene Street. Saw Mrs J and at a later period of the evening, her daughters. She had had Sexton bound over to keep the peace towards her; talked about him as a worthless fellow &c, who didn't maintain his wife &c. (I had heard some little of him from [Alfred] Waud, — how "Nelly" married him in order to screen him from prosecution by her

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-10-09

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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