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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 91, October 20-22, 1856

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Identifier: DX03698093

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 91, October 20-22, 1856

Description: Describes visiting with Alf Waud and the Jewell family.

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fond of him [Alfred Waud], and would recline in his arms before her mother [Celina Jewell], Selina [Jewell], or myself, fondling him. But she would say and do little willful and defiant things, annoying her mother. Alf carries a dirk — a blunt affair enough, but I suppose it might "do for a man," (as Mercutio says), and she (Mary [Brainard]) got hold of it and made lunges at her mother till Mrs Jewell was provoked and squalled. Then she — the daughter — said of [Albert] Brainard "Served him Right." She had spars, too, with Selina. Alf, of course, took her part and was almost rude occasionally. She went out with him one night to get oysters and champagne, having set her mind on it. (Some few days after Selina met Brainard face to face near the spot they had visited.) The servant, a large-framed cockney woman, devoted to Alf and his "wife," but prone to manifest her authority in a very despotic manner backed him in antagonism to the family. She came into the room, when we three were together and said to Alf in a trunculent tone, though whispered "I wish she was home! Take her away from here!" This woman, bye the bye, left them on Wednesday for Norfolk, Virginia, and her man. She was zealous and fond of the baby [Mary Waud]. A healthy and jolly looking little baby it is too — poor little bastard. They are both fond enough of it, but Alf "gets wild" at times, on account of its exactions from the mo-

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1856-10-22

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Women
Babies
Diaries

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