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ment could I not tie her up to?   My omis-
sion of all notice of her writings and the only thing
to be done, considering our mutual relations.  I
couldn t, wouldn t have praised them sans qualifica-
tion: my knowledge of her forbade my telling the whole
truth about their frequent atrocity.    She was passion-
ate enough to lie about me   saying I had often pro-
fessed admiration for her writings.    Now did
I but choose to review her, in the next Scalpel; to
carefully read through the whole of her books and to
tell the truth about them, I could      well! no
matter.    Dixon would let me do anything which
promised to create a sensation   I might did I
choose   but bah! would I!          Parton s all right,
of course, thinks I didn t say enough of Bonner s
liberality &c   a mistake, I m sure, for I ve praised
him highly, but that s all.           Altogether I m the 
freer from the rupture.     I was in a false posi-
tion at the house, and am now in true relations
with them.     Sometimes it was pleasant enough
to call there, but oftener I have felt like a hypocrite,
an accessory to what I knew wasn t what it pretend-
ed to be.        In my heart and judgment I knew
the miserable woman was bad, base and selfish,
her writings like herself a sham, unwomanly and
worthy only of their audience.        Oh me! though
for Parton!  When Grace, who is as good as
she knows how to be, is married to Mort Thom-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and seventy-five
Description:Regarding Robert Bonner and Fanny Fern's anger about Gunn's article in ''Scalpel'' criticizing the ''New York Ledger.''
Date:1859-04-10
Subject:Bonner, Robert; Dixon, E.H.; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Parton, James; Scalpel.; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); 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.