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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 88, October 20-22, 1856

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Identifier: DX03695514

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 88, October 20-22, 1856

Description: Regarding Alf Waud's feelings about his situation with Albert and Mary Brainard.


projected departing on Wednesday, leaving "her [Mary Brainard]" in her present quarters until he [Alfred Waud] secured accommodation in Boston. His stay among the Catskills has been employed in making sketches for our proposed guide book. Will [Waud] wrote to him, while there, from Boston, twice. A As aforesaid the husband, [Albert] Brainard, has been on to Boston, during Alf's absence — chance, as usual aiding the latter. It would seem that Orr the engraver introduced Brainard to [Joseph] Brightly, who gave him a letter to one of Alf's Boston acquaintances — from whom, however, he obtained no intelligence, and who communicated to Will the fact of the inquiry. Alf's peculiar position and responsibilities have told upon him. He is nervous. When talking confidentially his voice has an accent of latent moodiness and resentfulness, as though he felt himself haunted. He talks of hate toward the husband and says he shouldn't feel any remorse if he were to kill him. He never affected much faith in anybody, he now affects less. Her he believes in and, certainly, loves very passionately. He talked very freely of her — more so, I think, than I should, were I in his position. His curious candor smacked of Americanism. Not that he was gross — but in common with many Yankees I've known, he'd tell me things, betokening (I think) a want of delicacy and good taste. It is well to have scorn of that false modesty which would ignore the relations of one sex to the

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-10-22

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Catskill Mountains (N.Y.)


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