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an equal platform.   It may have been
otherwise with her first husband, he who ap-
pears in  Ruth Hall,  but never since.    When
one thinks of all these tricks having been practiced
on two preceding husbands, one of whom is yet
alive, they affect one by no means delightfully.
I have had thoughts in my head, which if
guessed at by the indomitable Fanny, would
pretty quickly outlaw me from her hospitality.
Yet I see the good in her and can do justice
to it.      Her faults   all of them   come of bad blood,
and cursed Yankee training.   No nest of warm
love cradles an American child into humility
and humanity.   As once Parton said When
an American woman becomes pregnant, her first
thought is, shall I take a pull and get rid of
the trouble?    Terrible truth! which I must
digress upon, awhile.    The woman Restell, the
abortionist does a larger trade in teaching mar-
ried women to produce miscarriages upon themselves
than aught else.   It is thought no shame for a 
woman to profess dissatisfaction at maternity: one
hears it every day.   Selena Jewell speaking of
her sister, said:  Oh Nelly never liked children,
the baby is to be mine, she don t care about it. 
Mrs Patten   not at all a bad or unloving woman
  would have prevented her pregnancy.   I have
little doubt Lotty Kidder has done the same.   It
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and thirty-three
Description:Comments on abortion and American women.
Subject:Abortion; Books and reading; Eldredge, Charles; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Marriage; Patten, Willis, Mrs.; Pregnancy; Restell, Madame; Sexton, Nelly; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


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.