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mother found it not very difficult to believe in
Allie, who doubtless did the aspiring-to-be-a-better-
creature-and-always-misused-and-unfortunate busi-
ness.    Heaven knows innocent Chips couldn t have been
damaged by her, save, perhaps, but being compromised
by appearing in her company.      I, as others, would be
willing to believe in Allie, but that she can t be content to
put her claims simply on the grounds of one who wants
to let bye-gones be byegones   saying I am now, after
a fashion, married and will do my best to be a good
decent woman.   But she will flap her fishes tail in
people eyes, will do all sorts of damned affectations
of the gushing, the intellectual sort which are insults to 
your common sense.     She were less than woman not to
be affected at poor Chips  death, yet she must needs
vent it theatrically.  She screamed and took on, and
called upon  O my Anna!,  asked whether she could
survive her decease, went three-quarters or more towards
fainting, kissed Fanny and Grace, and in a word
was a nuisance.     Little Do ra to the last!  said
she, theatrically, when she saw the corpse of the dead girl.
 A d____d fool!  as Parton commented, his manly
sense and sorrow instinctively informing him that such
displays were not natural   were more than half Brum-
magem.           However perhaps the poor, battered, cheaply
constituted creature could do no better   it was all the
tribute she had to offer.         I m not sorry that she kis-
sed Grace s cheek   it must be long since her lips
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page fifty-six
Description:Regarding Allie Vernon's relationship with the Thomsons.
Date:1858-12-24
Subject:Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Parton, James; Thomson, Anna (''Chips''); Thomson, Sophy; Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); 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.