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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 205, February 18-20, 1856

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Identifier: DX03923263

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 205, February 18-20, 1856

Description: Describes a letter from Alf Waud describing the pursuit of himself and Mary by her parents in Boston.


house, and spreads evil reports about him [Alf Waud], — telling the landlord that he’s living with another man’s [Albert Brainard’s] wife [Mary Brainard]. Also mysterious man, (who is supposed to be an officer or hired spy) endeavours to persuade Alf to stop a day later or so than he intended, — which he promises and clears out. Takes “Mary” to hotel where she hears talk of her mother [Celina Jewell] and sister being there, and of her father [Charles Jewell] coming on from New York. Alf moves her to Charlestown, where they now are. He is watched, and mysterious man has bribed young fellow, son to boarding house people to track him — who tells Alf, and spends the money with him. Thus it goes. Alf will be a father soon.

19. Tuesday. An avenue walk and across to the East River. Bitter cold wind and blue sky. My brain apparently in a sort of troubled congestion. Writing when I got back, slowly, painfully, laboriously, miserably.

20. Wednesday. Another bit of a walk and then to the Astor Library, to do a little more for compilation book. There till return for dinner. Evening to Waverly House, and saw [James] Parton, not his wife [Fanny Fern], she indisposed. Walked to Franklin Street, called unsuccessfully at Montgomery’s, then to Canal Street and saw little [Elizabeth] Dobson. Just the same little woman. Talked of moving, (as she has done any time this six years), and of people who owe her money — [Charles] Damoreau and Waud among ‘em. Alf owes ‘em her $50. Getting [Arthur] Mason’s address from her I set off and called on him finding him playing bluff with the

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1856-02-18

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Detectives
19th century


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