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averse to Fanny Fern.              Pretty re-
cently I have learnt the particulars   some of them
  of Louisa Jacobs quitting the family.   There s been
a world of lying about it.   It was feared that she
might offer a counter attraction to Grace!   Fanny
behaved to the girl with that infernal tyranny which
only women can practice towards one another.  Some-
times Louisa coming down to breakfast and catching
Parton or Grace s eye first would bid them good mor-
ning before Fann offering the same salutation to Fanny,
when the woman would blaze into rage as, at a pre-
meditated insult; remind her of her position &c.   Alto-
gether the girl was humiliated, insulted; the house
made a hell for her.     After her departure   or ex-
pulsion,   Haney met her in Broadway, when she
seemed surprised that he should speak to her, and affect-
ed by it.     Where she is now, Heaven knows.   Grace
talked of a promise of correspondence but nothing came
of it.   Possibly the old serpent interfered.  (There ll
be antagonism between mother and daughter some day
  hot and sharp, too!)      Now from Fanny s own
account, she is under deep obligations to Louisa Jacobs
mother; the poor colored woman stuck by her through
all her much talked of pecuniary distresses.     But
what does she care when Self comes in, what becomes of
the girl!                                   I swear I d never set
foot in the house any more, but for Parton!
  Charlotte Bronte and  Fanny Fern !  the highest
and lowest of literary womanhood!    Why do people
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and fifty-seven
Description:Regarding Fanny Fern's behavior to Louisa Jacobs, the daughter of Harriet Jacobs.
Date:1859-03-16
Subject:Bronte, Charlotte; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jacobs, Harriet A.; Jesse; Jacobs, Louisa; Parton, James; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.