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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 92, October 20-22, 1856

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Identifier: DX03698953

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 92, October 20-22, 1856

Description: Comments on Alf Waud's relationship with Mary Brainard.


[mo]ther. He [Alfred Waud] loves the mother [Mary Brainard] infinitely more than the child [Mary Waud]. To quote his own words, he is "devilish spooney" about her. This love is his only plea for the past — if he knew it. I think he feels his position keenly, though he affects audacity and defiance. He talks hardly, and, I think, tells me all these things rather from companionship and want of sympathy than from faith and friendship. Yet he retains much of his old frankness and good humor, says rude things with such a pleasant air of bon hommie that one cannot but like him. He has humor, too, and sense, when not twisted by his predjudices. But why the devil should he adopt dirty American dispraise against his own nobler country?

I've learnt much from him of his brother [William], and Sol [Eytinge]'s affair with Allie Vernon. The intimacy is still continued; Sol visiting her. The husband [Lemuel Covell], I suppose, is aware of it, and talks of going west. She don't want to go. Alf thinks Sol would give it up, but she won't let him. Eytinge is much down upon Will Waud, and talked of liking him, if he came to New York. Says that Will took all the money which for a co-partnership lithograph, and spent it in a summer suit in order to fascinate Josey [Winship]. Will declares Sol threw up the job, and he had all the trouble. (Between them I suspect they swindled the landlord of their office rent.) Will stoutly denies the Josey business, asserting that she played

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-10-22

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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