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186.
  9. Wednesday.   To Leslie s again.  Returning, and
to writing  Phisiology.     A Letter from Philadelphia.
In the evening to the Delancy House, corner of Broad-
way and Waverly Place, there to visit Parton and his
wife, in accordance with an invitation I had through Haney.
The night was piercingly cold, my mustache all ice hidden
in five seconds after my stepping forth.  The snow carni-
val in operation, and sleigh bells jingling along Broadway.
The apartments occupied by the newly wed pair are at the 
top of the hotel, four stories up.    She resided there before;
he has quitted his old Waverly Place room.      The hotel is
a stylish one, servants about on the landing places, gas and
warmth every where.        I found the company   consisting of
Mr and Mrs P, a daughter of the latter s, Colonel Forbes,
and Haney (who had preceded me by half an hour,) assembled
in a neatly furnished room, with new desk, sofa, a rocking
chair or so, and adjoining it an alcove where was a bed. We
soon however adjourned into another room, more luxuriously
fitted up.  A neat open stove wherein a fire was blazing
bonnily kept up a pleastant warmth, there were oil portraits
(I guess of  Fanny s  two children,) and everything was very
snug and tasty.               And now to pay respects to the goddess
herself after describing the shrine.        Haney sat at her right
side, on the sofa, I in easy chair at her left, Parton
near me, and Forbes, in his plain gray suit, and look
of a true gentleman-aristocrat-republican-soldier, opposite.
 Fanny Fern  is, I suppose, upwards of 35, has fairish
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and ninety-four
Description:Describes his first visit to James Parton and Fanny Fern after their marriage.
Date:1856-01-09
Subject:Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Forbes, Hugh; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, Frank; Parton, James; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Waverly Place
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven
Description:Includes an account of his family history and descriptions of his visits with family and friends in England, witnessing a procession for Louis Napoleon in London, traveling in Paris with his brothers Charley and Edwin, his friend Harry Price's mental illness, his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the ship Washington, the marriage of Fanny Fern and James Parton, meetings of the Ornithoryncus Club in New York, and Alfred Waud's elopement with Mary Brainard.
Subject:Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):London, England; Paris, France; New York, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.