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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 144, September 7-8, 1855

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Identifier: DX03944547

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 144, September 7-8, 1855

Description: Describes meeting Colonel Hugh Forbes for the first time, and how hard Charles Damoreau works to earn money for his wife.

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of the time present a certain Colonel Hugh Forbes, a resolute-faced, short haired military-looking Englishman. He is the author of a "Volunteer's manual," or rather a book on the Art of Insurrection, as adapted to European populations. He had identified himself with liberalism in Italy. A sort concise military spoken gentleman, of Oxford education, who had refused to dine at Windsor, with the Queen [Victoria], because he had been commanded. A thorough disbeliever in all creeds too. [James] Parton appeared to great advantage, as a thinker and a gentleman. I lunched with him, then walked down Broadway, to Fowler & Wells,' the office of the "Life Illustrated," where by 4 1/2 we parted. To Fulton Street, meeting [Charles] Damoreau near there. All the fellows upstairs, and Damoreau ruthlessly chaffed, as to imaginary intentions of resuming his old name, and bolting to California, sans wife [Beatrice Damoreau]. He talks of going to Boston. He has to immolate himself, evenings and all, engraving to get money. That wife of his forsooth don't like to live at a boarding house with her husband, choosing rather to queen it at Rhinebeck, bidding him toil on, under the penalty of despising him if he is poor. In plain truth she married him to be kept, preferring that to "embroidery" work. If she do love him at all, (I think she loves no one but her self,) 'tis a selfish tyrannical passion which degrades its recipient. Charley half sees that his marriage is a failure. But he always lacked virility.

8. Saturday. Writing. Down town by 1. Met [Charles] Welden in front of the Times office, he being not now released from his chamber. To "Brother Jonathan" Office, and saw [Benjamin] Day. (Avery had called

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1855-09-07

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Music
Women
Marriage
Boardinghouses
19th century

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