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from the lips of a woman.   She not only puts  Jim 
in the ledger from week to week, as  Mr Pax  but
tells one all sorts of things about him, quizzing and
fudging most enormously.     She has got him (in, in
common with a batch of others) in last week s paper
by name, with his height &c. )  Also she told perso-
nally of her dressing up in his clothes yester evening,
and how she looked, (rather minutely,) and how  they
wished I had come in.           She put on my hat too,
and talked of the privilege accorded by it.           It s
all very innocent perhaps and a stranger oughtn t to object
but I wonder Parton likes it.    Does he?
  Our book is being printed and we re to get proofs
day by day.     I have the first batch now.
  28.  Thursday.   In doors writing hard all
day.  Proofs, and finished the 25th Chapter of
Physiology.     Letter from Greatbatch, and from Barth.
The parents of the latter have gone, formally, over to
the Spiritual knocking knaveries.  Just as I expected.
Bah!           As I write now,  tis at sunset, and has
been a raw, moist, brooding, dull day, somewhat
clearing up towards its close.   The city, from my garret
window looks sombre-colored, and in the west the
sun goes down in sickly yellow, a strait em-
bankment of gray, blue clouds engirdling the horizon.
Aloft the sky is of a faint, calm, inane purple.
The breeze is fresh and kind on my forehead, and seems
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page two hundred and eighteen
Description:Comments on Fanny Fern's openness about her relationship with James Parton in her ''New York Ledger'' column.
Date:1856-03-27
Subject:Barth; Barth, Mrs.; Barth, William; Clothing and dress; Fern, Fanny; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; New York ledger.; Parton, James; Women; Writing
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.