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no more real regard than springs from the 
attrition of intimacy.   Nelly will be in her mother s
counterpart in the worser traits.   Grace is less tainted
  less affected by the heathenish way in which the girls
have been brought up.   What a world of protest is
there in her  Oh, mother!     sometimes when Fanny
is peculiarly Fernish.    She doesn t scruple to tell slap-
dash lies before her daughters, being ready to turn on
the instant with a thousand expedients if they don t pass
current.   She has keen wit enough   has but one fault  
that she is not a good woman.     The poor girls with
such an example before their eyes, no experience of
quieter homes and good, innocent, loving people in
them, don t know what outr  things they do and say
  thinking them  funny.    Grace, describing a drawing
room in the newly-taken house, will say to Sally Ed-
wards that it is  big enough for her to turn a somersault
in the drawing-room  &c   a mild instance.   Haney s
experiment of uniting the two families has failed  
they can t mix.    Instinctively the kind, right-minded
Edwards  girls see through the others, which would
set Fanny aflame with distrust and dislike.  And
Mrs Edwards detests her, I am sure, first on account
of her writings, secondly, because Jim married her  
doing it on the sly, forsooth, for he was really ashamed
of the act   thirdly, because they are and must be, in
this life, at least, radically antagonistic.   The women
who likes Thackeray of all writers cannot but be
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and fifty-six
Description:Regarding Fanny Fern and her daughters, Nelly and Grace Eldredge.
Date:1859-03-16
Subject:Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, 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.