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and Jim s feelings somehow spared!  then
would I give the world a detail picture of what it
ought to know.    It ll be done someday! it must
be!  perhaps by some entire stranger to her, who will
construct her out of her horrible books.        If I ven-
tured a prediction as to Fanny Fern s future, it
would be that she will die raving mad.    Her hellish
tempers with husband and children verge on insanity
now, sometimes.          Here are other productions, of
Haney s.    I put them down that they may be compared
with the event.        That there will be a deadly quarrel
between Mort Thomson s mother and Fanny, after
the marriage.   That there will be discord between him
and his wife.   That he will hate his mother in law.
That mother and daughter will quarrel and hate
with the hate of hell.         All of which is over-likely
to happen.    Grace is as good as she knows how to
be considering the bad Willis blood in her, has a far
better notion of decency and propriety than her mother,
but she is resentful of small things, prone to dis-
cover affronts in them, incapable of seeing that forgive-
ness is not mean, but beautiful and womanly, fickle,
prone to the damnable exaggeration of act and speech
of her mother. (Nelly is horribly, precociously like her
dam.)      I think if Mort had a stronger backbone to
his soul than he possesses, if he cut his mother-in-law
prompty on the marriage, he might get along pretty
well with Grace.                I verily believe the match enter-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and eighteen
Description:Describes a talk with Jesse Haney about Fanny Fern and her daughters.
Date:1859-05-02
Subject:Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Thomson, Sophy; 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.