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were.   Perhaps half an hour or more passed thus,
the passage getting fuller all the time, when the clergyman
entered the room to commence proceedings.  Beecher proving
to be out of town (Mort knows him very well) a Mr Storrs
had been procured at Fanny s instance.   I went in with
others and seated myself near the head of the coffin,
the clergyman standing on my left, Fanny and Grace to
the right, and further on, with chair backs to the wall
Mort, his mother and Ed. Wells, who all three came
down stairs at the last moment.  So the minister began.
It s not much matter what he said   the best praise that
could be accorded to it was that it was kindly monotonous,
and so might act as something of a deadener of grief.  I m 
sorry to say bye the bye that they had given Mort an opiate
of another sort, some time back, though none of its effects
were visible now.   The fellow s face was piteous to
look upon   a fixed, contracted crying look   and he shook
perpetually, like a paralytic.   Grasping his mother s hand
as she sat, veiled in her deep mourning, he sat with his
head thrown back, as though fixed to struggle with and
endure his great grief.   I only ventured to steal a 
glance or two at him, had I done more I should
have cried too.   It was very piteous.   A perceptible odor
issued from the coffin which two basins of liquid disin
fectants strove in vain to overcome.   Well, the clergy-
man proceeded and in due time ended.  Then those who
wished to look upon the dead girl, ere the coffin lid
closed upon her face for-ever, were invited to step for-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page fifty-three
Description:Describes attending the funeral of Anna Thomson, Mort Thomson's wife.
Date:1858-12-24
Subject:Beecher, Henry Ward; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Funeral rites and ceremonies; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Storrs (clergyman); Thomson, Anna (''Chips''); Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Thomson, Sophy; Welles, Edward
Coverage (City/State):[Brooklyn, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
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.