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&c in the evening.                    Got an item of in-
formation from Leslie, the other day, about  Miss
Fisher  which might surprise one, if anything of the
sort could be considered surprising about Yankee
womankind.   She had been married at the age of
fifteen, is now a married woman, on her way to In-
diana to get a divorce.    Husband a bad lot, of
course,  couldn t keep her properly.    Always the kept
mistress standard!    The mother divulged this to little
Mrs Eldredge and she told Leslie, subsequent to the 
Fishers  departure, probably thinking that he was not
disinclined to make an ass of himself with the girl,
and that he ought to know the land lay.  Fishers
quotha! fishers of men!                Mort Thomson
called to day with intent to see Haney.   He, the
former takes the future Mrs T. and Nelly to the play
to night, Haney met them going thither while on his
way to Partons.   Fanny wouldn t shake hands with
him, pretending not to see his.    This in consequence of
the battle royal that took place last time.             There
is a much more terrible tragedy going on in that house
than I had supposed.       I fancied Parton, with his
persistent faith in the goodness of humanity, believed
in the woman, that he lived, for the most part, hood-
winked as to her more odious characteristics.   It is
not so.   He sees and knows all, experiences it day
by day, hour by hour.    His life is one horrible martyr-
dom.    She is killing him, as sure as there s a God
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and ninety-seven
Description:Regarding Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage.
Subject:Divorce; Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Eldredge, Mrs.; Fern, Fanny; Fisher, Miss; Fisher, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, William; Marriage; Parton, James; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


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.