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elsewhere  provided for    have (alas! for
the waiting!) like Dick Swiveller, a young
lady  saving up for me.         To know Fanny
Fern is to understand the whole Willis family.
I don t think she really cares about any of
her visitors,  friends  and acquaintances.  Tis
a Steerforth desire of shining   approbativeness
  which prompts half of her hospitality.  She likes
the slimy Dyer better than most, because he is her
partisan through thick and thin.  I notice that
she has no old friends, as that when anyone is
separated by circumstances from intimacy, he or
she, is presently forgotten.    Twas so with Louisa
Jacobs   poor girl!  with her soft, kind voice,
beautiful hair and gentle demeanour.   None of
the family have ever written to her.       Enough
of the indomitable Fanny for the present.
  While at the house, Mort Thomson and Cahill
came, the latter having that day returned from 
Savannah whither he went to report a
great slave sale for the Tribune.    Marry, the
Georgians would have tarred, feathered and rid-
den him on a rail had they known his mission!
Mort did the writing out   a whole Tribune pig page
of print, in the railroad cars   smart reporting.
Talk of the recent Washington murder   that
of Key, by Sickles.    Haney is the only American
I have encountered, who does not justify the
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and thirty-five
Description:Regarding Fanny Fern.
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Cahill, Frank; Dyer, Oliver; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jacobs, Louisa; Key, Philip Barton; Murder; New York tribune.; Sickles, Daniel Edgar; Slavery; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); 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.