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in Heaven! says Haney, who believes that
Parton will let her do it.     He makes excuses for
her, defends her!    There have been frightful scenes
between them!  Her  headaches,  when she is invisible
are either the excuses for or the result of indulgences
in her hellish temper.   If ever woman were possessed
of a devil, that woman is Fanny Fern.    Whenever
Parton visits the Edwards , his kind, good relatives,
he pays for it afterwards by a row.    The woman has
tried to cut him off from Haney, his life long friend,
who loves him as much as one man can love another,
but this raises the blaze of divine wrath at all wrong
and meanness which is in the man   so far she may
go, but no further.   How, at times, she must hate
him, herself, everybody, for her inability to grind ever-
body to dust with her devilish selfishness!    Withal she
is as wretched a woman as the sun shines upon.   She
would give body and soul to be believed in, to be loved,
but can bear no true thing to approach her without
hating it with the hate of hell or making it a vic-
tim.    Damn her!    To think of Parton being slowly
murdered thus!      Oh! the wickedest and fellest things
that occur on this planet are not those which lift
Mrs Grundy s hour, which make a great outcry and
scandal, but the silent, slow crimes in which the
victim dies and makes no sign.          To be a
looker-on at such a tragedy, and be unable to
help!   It would be separating man and wife   man
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and ninety-eighty
Description:Regarding Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage.
Subject:Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Parton, James; 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.