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and of him we observed Parton hurry by in a
carriage, with another, as it proved or a clergyman.
Arrived at Hampden Street and observing no vehicles at
the door, we not wishing to appear too soon, took a turn
or so about adjacent streets meeting by the way Scranton,
who, I think, is a relative of the Thomson family.
He requested Haney to caution friends to avoid condoling
with Mort, even by a word, intimating that he thought
if not spoken to he might go through with the solemnity,
but otherwise, would break down.   The poor fellow, it
seemed, was dreadfully cut up.  Said Scranton,  He put
his arms round my neck and cried for half an hour, when
I came.     Scranton leaving us, we, some fifteen minu-
tes afterwards, went to the house.  We found Parton &
two or three men in the passage; and a good many wo-
men in the parlor, in the centre of which was the coffin
where lay the poor girl whom I had last seen there
in comparative health and beauty.    The upper portion
of the lid was removed, as usual, and flowers covered
the rest   Fanny Fern s work.       She was there with
Grace and Ella.   I also fancied that I detected the
features of Allie   Eytinge, if not Josey, and was
right in both particulars.    Everybody kept silence, the
only subdued sounds proceeding from the arrival of other
visitors, or some persons going up or coming down stairs.
Of the men I knew, there appeared Underhill, Ottarson,
Mc Lenan, Gaylor and little Nast.   Cahill came
from above, once or twice, where Mort and his mother
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page fifty-two
Description:Describes attending the funeral of Anna Thomson, Mort Thomson's wife.
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Funeral rites and ceremonies; Gayler, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; McLenan, John; Nast, Thomas; Ottarson; Parton, James; Scranton; Thomson, Anna (''Chips''); Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Thomson, Sophy; Underhill, Ed; Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Vernon, Josey
Coverage (City/State):[Brooklyn, New York]
Coverage (Street):Hampden Street
Scan Date:2011-01-31


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):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.