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he injudiciously put his head in at the room door,
when she became so excited, that nature instantly sus-
pended her functions.   They, very unwisely, too, drank
her health afterwards, in the room, and that of the
baby.   She laughed and said   Now drink the fathers 
  with which they complied.  Some hours afterwards ap-
palling convulsions came on and Fanny was sent for bet-
ween three and four in the morning.   Mort hurried off for
a doctor, knocking up more than one who had the inhumanity
to refuse to come   Fanny says this a not uncommon case
with the class here.    When she arrived at the house a doctor
was there, Mort drenched through with rain and misery,
and poor  Chips  suffering horribly.  Fanny took charge
of her, stayed by her till all was over.  The convulsions
were dreadful   in her agony she bit through her lips and
tongue.  Poor child! poor child                     Mort was
not present when she died.  Fanny says that shortly after
death the dead girls face looked  heavenly.      Cahill
who had heard of the death came over, and proved him-
self as he is, despite social shortcomings, a thoroughly
kind-hearted fellow, in caring for Mort.   Grace alluded
to a characteristic thing about him.  On this funeral morning
he was going about in great tribulation, to find Mort s boots,
wanting to black  em that he might appear all right.   Others
came too, who for any practical use, had better kept away  
Allie Eytinge to wit.    The Thomsons has been very un-
fortunate with Sol s wife and her sister, living not far
from one another.  Mort s innocent wife and good-natured
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page fifty-five
Description:Describes the circumstances of Anna Thomson's death after giving birth.
Date:1858-12-24
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Childbirth; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Thomson, Anna (''Chips''); Thomson, Jr.; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Vernon, Josey; Women
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.