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I feel more like growing older than ever yet.    I want
a home and Hannah.  God give them to me!
  Another item.  Castle s wife lives with another man, and
old Mr Bezly has given up farming.
  23.  Sunday.  To Brooklyn with Haney, the day s pro-
mise exceeding performance in weather.   All the folk as usual.
A call at Thomson s before dinner   and out but Mrs T. the
elder wh came over to Oxford St in the afternoon.   Fanny
and family project letting the house and returning to New
York.  Reason   want more  society.   (Grace is 17 and ought
to have a fair chance at matrimony.   It s a fair reason, too.
Many a pretty and amiable girl inEngland never gets a
husband in consequence of the hum-drum, pokey way her family
vegetates in.  Tis so in ours.)      Fanny spake of  Hattie,  Miss
Jacob s mother.  The story is a tragic and touching one, illus-
trative of the far-reaching wrongs inflicted by  the sum of
all villanies,  Slavery.    The woman was a slave, young
and good-looking.  Her owner pursued her lustfully, she detesting
the man, and this, in conjunction with his wife s jealousy, made
the slave-girl s life a hell.     She was flogged and ill-used.
A relative, some old woman, her mother or aunt kept her
concealed in a hiding-place prepared for her, a sort of hatch
in a loft, and here, with her spine bent into a hoop she lived
six or seven years, finally escaping to the North.  The Willis
family   N. P s first English wife received her, her price
and that of her children was paid.      These were born to her
by a white man, now a member of Congress.   She liked
him and gave herself up to the lover of her choice rather
than her brutal owner.      The incipient M.C. like a true
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and fifty-five
Description:Regarding Fanny Fern's tales of Harriet Jacobs.
Date:1858-05-22
Subject:African Americans; Bennett, Hannah; Bezley, William; Castle; Castle, Hannah; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jacobs, Harriet; Jacobs, Louisa; Slaveholders; Slavery; Slaves; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Thomson, Sophy; Willis, Nathaniel Parker; Women
Coverage (City/State):Brooklyn, [New York]; New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Oxford Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada
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.