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didn t see him: was about with Alf Waud
a good deal.        Bellew got fined $5 for as-
saulting the Irishman.  He had been drinking with the
Judge over night!                              Now for an un-
pleasant entry.    Mort Thomson is going to marry
Grace Eldredge, Fanny Fern s daughter   is wooing
her; that pretty innocent child-wife of his, not three
months dead yet!   I suspected the affair during
my last Oxford Street visits from his sitting up with
Grace after we had retired, with other little indica-
tions, but wouldn t think of it otherwise than as a
remote possibility, to be recognized in decent time.
Now, however, it has become tavern talk.  Being at
Howells with Wood (F. Leslie s Wood) Banks and ano-
ther, Wood broached the subject with some little com-
ment on the haste of the affair. (It appears Mort &
Grace have been seen promenading together in Broad-
way &c.   Everybody knows him, of his wife s recent
death, and the comment naturally follows.)    Well
Banks began to defend Mort after an odious fashion.
Was he, a young man, in health and vigor to remain
in celibacy &c  x  x  wasn t it better than going to 
Mercer St?  x  x   Of course I knew nothing about
the affair, whether probable or not before then.   But
at heart I felt disgusted with it.    Its her doing
  the mothers.    The girl is well enough disposed,
thinks Mort a kind fellow, no doubt, and, also, wants
to be married.    Her Brooklyn life has half-bred a
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and fifty-three
Description:Regarding news that Mort Thomson is wooing Grace Eldredge three months after his wife Anna's death.
Date:1859-03-16
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Cahill, Frank; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Thomson, Anna (''Chips''); Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Waud, Alfred; Women; Wood, John A.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Mercer Street
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.