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son   and Jim left to the tender mercies
of that terrible woman and her youngest brat, who
promises to be dreadfully like her   God help him!
  Another good comes out of this.  Relieved of my
anomalous position I can put her down in this Dia-
rizing, as she really is.  All the time I have been
itching to do such a study thoroughly, yet asham-
ed of what I have got down, thinking it half vil-
lanous to  reckon up  one whose hospitality you are
receiving.     However neither myself or Haney would
ever have gone to the house but for Jim   indeed
both of us seperately, unknown to one another, declined
being introduced to her before that unluckly marriage.
I remember an evening with him, when I, over some
lager, pitched into her anent  Ruth Hall    just before
the marriage too.       Now, by her own act, I m
free of obligation, to add her complete picture to my
private portrait gallery, and  Fanny Fern  is altogether
too much of a type of woman of her own detestable sort
to be omitted.   Of course I d never dream of any
other retaliation.           Here s an item to begin with.
When indulging in ebullitions of her infernal temper
she swears   could out curse Andrew Jackson.   I
had suspected this from introduction and a very rarely-
dropt word or so.    Saying to Haney that did I 
review her I could produce an oath of more from
her, he laughed, as surprised, and asked how did
I know she swore.   I told him by induction.   Then
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and seventy-six
Description:Regarding his opinion of Fanny Fern.
Date:1859-04-10
Subject:Eldredge, Ellen; 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.