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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 124, December 26, 1856

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Identifier: DX03726523

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 124, December 26, 1856

Description: Regarding Charles Jewell's desire to get a divorce from his wife, Celina, so he can marry his housekeeper.


Dick Gunn’s wife is dead, as our folks learn from those at Bloxham. Edwin [Gunn] temporarily in the country, and the others as usual.

27. Saturday. Office. Looked in at Mrs [Celina] Jewell’s in the evening, seeing her and her daughters [Celina Jewell and Cornelia Sexton]. Her husand [Charles Jewell] is at feud with her, wanting a divorce, that he may marry the disreputable, slatternly woman who is his “housekeeper,” (I saw her, on the occasion of my only visit,) – which Mrs J won’t consent to, unless he grants her more liberal pecuniary terms than she has at present. He meets his daughters, and asks their sympathy, and whether he isn’t “an abused man.” They’re on their mothers side, of course, upon which he rages. Selina told how he spoke of her sister, Mrs Sexton, in her presence and that of her mother “She’s the d____dest b___h!! ––” quoth old Jewell ––! I think this beast and ass of a man is pretty nearly responsible for the miscarryings of the whole family. His wife a shallow woman [word crossed out], Heaven knows, but decent enough. For the daughters, I fancy no girls can be conversant with impurity of conduct occurring within their own domestic circle, without some amount of moral deterioration. However their conduct, (with the exception of Alf’s one [Mary Brainard]) has been conventionally correct enough. /

‘Tis a right thing — or founded in right — after

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-12-26

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Divorce


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