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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 200, September 12, 1858

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Identifier: DX03499626

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 200, September 12, 1858

Description: Regarding the Jewell family.


says, seem to take it coolly enough; as perhaps, why shouldn’t they. Their father [Charles Jewell] uses oaths and brothel-phrases before them; they know he gave their mother [Celina Jewell] a loathsome disease during the time they lived together; that he lives now in open adultery with a sllatternly drab whom he calls his housekeeper, that he is a mere loafer and blackguard, in conduct. Not that they view it in so severe (or rather just) a light, for they walk with him, cut jokes with him and admit his visits. Mrs Jewell thinks the brute can be a gentleman (!!!) when he likes and that he “writes a good letter.” As if any man who could be a gentleman would wish to be other wise. For his powers of composition, [Alfred] Waud kept some of his letters to show me as curiosities in the way of dislocated English, conceit, platitudes and idiocy. The mans face is an odious one, he has eyes like bullets and a villainous throat that (like Pecksniffs on a certain occasion) looks as if a halter would do it good. Thinking of all this and of the extreme shallowness of their mother, how is it possible that these poor girls could have been begotten or brought up better? Alf reports of Will Waud that he probably seduced the little girl who is now his wife [Sarah Candee Waud] — if it were worthy of being denominated a seduction — expecting that “no consequence” would follow, owing to her extreme youth He liked his “little enjoyments” at his boarding-house, and then being “made comfortable” and having no money to clear our with by paying his passage to England, and knowing that

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-09-12

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diseases


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