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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 89, October 20-22, 1856

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Identifier: DX03696374

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 89, October 20-22, 1856

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


other, but 'tis also well to let particulars remain behind the veil. He [Alfred Waud] talks yet more defiantly of the world — as though endeavouring to have its probable judgment. Every man's voice may be against him in this matter — why then should he spare bitter speech or harsh judgment of others? The step he has taken has rather deepened his estimation of the general immorality underlying American life, as and at times he rages, morosely, about it. "His daughter [Mary Waud] shall be brought up different!" &c. "As for "Mary [Brainard]" it was all her father [Charles Jewel]'s fault. It's a wonder all the daughters are not on the town. She married [Albert] Brainard because she didn't like to live on her mother [Celina Jewell], doing nothing to support herself. All her sisters [Celina Jewell and Cornelia Sexton] were made to learn some trades." He’s down on all the family, and intends cutting the lot — quietly dropping any intimacy, when he shall have effected a divorce and marriage. She, he says, was very anxious to see them, but the present visit has cured her. They make her unhappy, telling her she ought to have lived with her husband, and suggesting that Alf may "get tired" of her. They fuss a good deal, and are horribly apprehensive and secretive. Mrs Sexton and Selina do a little elder-sistering, and Mrs Jewell is weak-minded. All this I can well believe and understand, but I think her conduct is just

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-10-22

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Women


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