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touched innocence and purity.      How Josey behaved,
if she came, this deponent knoweth not.     Sol wouldn t
come to the funeral    he couldn t bear to be present  said
Allie.   I know his sensitiveness to such matters, half
feeling, half selfishness.                       We reached Green-
wood in due time, and the coffin was enclosed in a
rough shell at the portal of the receiving place, most of
us standing round while this was effected.    Mort must
 buy a lot,  pending choice of which, the body remains here.
A row of compartments, like berths in a shop, only
placed transversely on either side of a widish passage,
not underground, though, I think, unlit.     Seeing the
coffin deposited we all passed out, Mort putting his
hand out of the carriage to shake Fanny s, as we pas-
sed to ours.     Off we bowled again, through the sun-
ny, chill afternoon.    It seemed cruel, to leave the poor
dead girl, all alone there, in that channel house, though
I liked to think of the trees and sunlight round about
it.     Apropos of the baby, it is a boy, a fine, thriving
healthy one.   Mort has not seen it   will not.  When
Fanny spoke of it as an inducement for him to rally and
live    ah!  how characteristic of a woman to think that
argument unanswerable!   he said it had cost him too 
much.        In fact, only the mothers love new born babes;
with the father it is an after feeling, one that comes of
culture, civilization.    To him its a strange little creature,
one that he may be proud of, but don t understand.  I
recollect getting a bit of insight into this from Alf Waud,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page fifty-eight
Description:Describes attending the funeral of Anna Thomson, Mort Thomson's wife.
Date:1858-12-24
Subject:Children; Eytinge, Solomon; Fern, Fanny; Funeral rites and ceremonies; Green-Wood Cemetery (New York, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Thomson, Anna (''Chips''); Thomson, Jr.; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Vernon, Josey; Waud, Alfred; 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.