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[newspaper clipping]
	A SOCIAL NUISANCE.
  If there is a nuisance it is your boaster; a
fellow whose stock in trade is his chance ac-
quaintances with people of note, male or female;
who speaks of them in the most familiar man-
ner, as if he were on the most intimate terms
of friendship on all occasions and without oc-
casion; calling a lady impertinently by her
given name, in a saloon or restaurant, that his 
gaping auditors may infer on what a delightful-
ly free-and-easy footing he stands with her;
quoting more times than there are seconds in a
year, the one time in which he might by some
accident have appeared in public with her; en-
dorsing the same with knowing looks and grim-
aces, and  you understand, my dear fellow,  to
the great astonishment of some far-off worship-
per of the lady, who, too modest even to seek
an introduction to her, innocently-exclaims, with
uplifted hands, looking at the ill-bred, boasting
pigmy before him,  He an intimate friend of
hers!  Lucky escape! 
  The harm such creatures may do, where this
species of viper are not understood, may be
easily guessed.  I say  viper,  because such a
fellow will not hesitate the sting, even while fawn-
ing; he will meanly solicit favors which your
good nature grants, to repay them with shrugs
and innuendos behind your back, where he
thinks he can do with safety to himself.
  Every one who has made a success in the
world has been bored and imposed upon by this
sort of people.  Lucky if the impertinence they
return for your kindness has not so disgusted
the person sought, as to make him or her suspi-
cious of every new introduction.  Lucky if it
do not compel the naturally trusting, generous
heart to miserly pittances of geniality and social
feeling.  Nevertheless, if you discover that such
fellows have passed your threshold, show them
the shortest way over it; they were always rea-
dy to sting you even while cringing, they can
do no worse than that when you rid yourself of
their presence. 		    FANNY FERN.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and seven
Description:Newspaper clipping written by Fanny Fern for the ''New York Ledger,'' criticizing Thomas Butler Gunn without naming him.
Subject:Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; New York ledger.
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.