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has occurred in Mrs Potter s family, and
I have known scores of incidental cases.   It s a
national institution!          To return.  The wretched
American child, like Tristram Shandy, is wronged
by the mother before its birth.  Then, the little beast
learns it s A. B. C. on the Declaration of Inde-
pendence, and has too high an idea of its sovereign
importance ever to become a loving
Christian creature.        Oh the ass that any kindly-
nurtured Englishman is, when he marries an
American woman, with her damned notions that
forgiveness and mercy and self-negation are mean:
  indications of a poor spirit!      How often one
hears girls cackling:  I did this!   I did that!   I
gave her a piece of my mind!  I let her know   
(that I was an unwomanly vulgar-souled, re-
taliatory b___h!)       Why even high-souled Mrs
Church had the taint.   She made some miser-
able devil of a man in Kentucky-who had been
goaded into insulting her by his wife   she
made this poor cur give a formal and craven 
apology before a whole roomful of people assem-
bled for the purpose.    And I believe the affair
subsequently materially injured the wretch s for-
times.        How much better to have forgiven him!
Pleasant looking little Mrs Eldredge could slap
a man s face in a crowd.    Of course the women
admired her for it!    Well, let  em drift   I m
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and thirty-four
Description:Comments on the traits of American women and children.
Subject:Abortion; Children; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Eldredge, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Potter, Mrs.; 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.