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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 130, November 25, 1860

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Identifier: DX01354684

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 130, November 25, 1860

Description: Regarding the relationship between Charles Damoreau and his wife.

Transcription:

120

Mrs. [Beatrice] Damoreau “comes down.”

but little. [Charles] Damoreau came, read a letter received from his wife, in answer to his declaration of independence of last Sunday. It was, as usual, a clever, damnable epistle, but it intimated victory on his side. Comparatively ignoring her de assertion that money was the only bond between them, she assumed that she had intended to comply with his request that she should come to New York, her sickness — which she dwelt on with evident exaggeration — being the cause of her deferring it. His threat of stopping the supplies has evidently frightened her, she rages, but proposes to obey. She is glad he had thrown off the mask of affection, charges him openly and by implication with selfishness, and deceit and infidelity, bids him “plant horns on every man’s door” and wonders “how they would become him,” but accepts his proposition, clutching, as it were, at the money and the practical divorce suggested. She professes ignorance as to his having worked so hardly and adds “you must surely have earned a deal of money!” Incidentally she inquires “how would you like it if I were to expose my person in the presence of your office boy?” which allusion he explains by saying that he once put on a clean shirt before his servant-girl,

coverage:New York, New York, Cliff Street; Franklin Square; Pearl Street

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1860-11-25

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Marriage
Women
Household employees

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