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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 102, March 15-18, 1858

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Identifier: DX03486256

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 102, March 15-18, 1858

Description: Describes a letter from Alfred Waud about his father's death.


[Fitz James O’Brien] told us he saw this Pounden talking to prostitutes one night in the street.

16. Tuesday. A Letter from Alf Waud. His father [Alfred Waud, Sr.] is dead. “A fortnight ago,” he writes, “we received letters containing the news of our father’s sudden decease, from inflammation, after a weeks illness. His death leaves mother [Mary Fitzjohn Waud] in rather straightened circumstances, and necessitates our doing he our best to assist her. x x Of course Will [Waud] and I are missed &c and are urged to go home. x x I told Julia [Waud]” (his sister) “that I have a wife [Mary Jewell Waud] and family [Mary Gertrude Waud] to support, explaining that I had concealed the fact out of regard to mother, who might consider me, in consequence, as more unlikely to go back than if single. x x I wish they were here, and have hinted as much.” Mrs Waud’s position occasions a bit of surprise, Alf had always supposed — or said — his father was very well off. More news items. Waud & family are living at Malden — wherever that may be. [Maturin Murray] Ballou’s paper “never so disreputable” as at present, he “talking of having to get round sharp corners, as though he lived in a labyrinth of angles.” [Charles] Damoreau doesn’t flourish “and is said to catch it badly from his wife [Beatrice Damoreau] in consequence.” [John] Ware, Waud characterizes as “a slow little man” saying that Damoreau toadied him, as an offshoot of “our first families” as his wife’s suggestions. [John] Andrew “the same drunken old Silenus as ever,” and Bricher — a low-lived engraver — started in opposition to him next door. Thus Waud. Downtown. Phonography at night.

17. Wednesday. To Harpers. Got paid $27. Post Office. Broadway alive with Irish regiments, it being St Patricks’ day. Called at [Frank] Bellew’s. Phonography.

18. Thursday. Drawing. In the afternoon down town,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-03-15

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Saint Patrick's Day


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