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Most persons did, except Haney (who could
not look on Levison s corpse.)   The lower part of her
face was covered (for a reason which will appear
presently) the forehead looked squarer and more pro-
minent than in life   perhaps the dark hair had been
parted further back.  Fanny stooped down and kissed
the dead, cold face and I liked her for it. (She has been
all that is kind and womanly in the house, ever since
the sad event.)    They say, too, Mort and his mother
did the same, though that I did not stop to see.  The
carriages awaited us, I entering the one with Fanny,
Grace and Haney. (Parton had to go to New York to
welcome his brother in law, Rogers, from Rochester.)  Off
we went at a pretty brisk pace to Greenwood, through
the sunny, chill, pleasant afternoon, so full of light and
life.  How well one will remember its peculiar aspects
in the future!   To be following that pretty, kind, in-
nocent child-wife and mother to the grave thus.  It
seemed, somehow, unfeeling for us to be living on and, in
due time, forgetting her.           From Fanny I learnt all
about it, confirming and amplifying Haney s particu-
lars.      The birth had been successfully accomplished
and the doctor dismissed, ere danger was apprehended.
It proved a remarkably expedited labor, too, which,
they say, is not always good.   Mort had been cheering
her up, talking with her, and she, previous to her
pains coming on, had kept walking up and down at
their solicitation.   Once, when the birth had commenced,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page fifty-four
Description:Describes attending the funeral of Anna Thomson, Mort Thomson's wife.
Date:1858-12-24
Subject:Childbirth; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Funeral rites and ceremonies; Green-Wood Cemetery (New York, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Levison, William; Parton, James; Rogers, William; Thomson, Anna (''Chips''); Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Thomson, Sophy
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.