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other liberties.    She will plump herself down
upon you, as upon her husband, in his presence.
She will make suggestions bidding you put your arm
round her as you sit beside her on the sofa.    She,
when Haney used to stay in the house during Jim s 
absences out of town, would make Louisa Jacobs
blush by breakfast suggestions as to her going to his
room or similar atrocities.       She will call attention
to her feet, to other portions and the least intellectual
ones, of her body.   She hung up one of her shoes,
near the gas, in the room I occupied, one night, I 
suppose to set me regaling my mind with speculations
about it.   (I grinned, got a book and never looked
at the shoe.)      She delighted in dressing up in Jim s
clothes, necessarily, considering her bulk, an indecency,
thus exhibiting herself to male visitors .  (I never saw
this, and a glad of it.)    She would talk of this,
minutely.    She showed me a letter Jim sent to her
down south, a letter written for her eye alone and for
her prurient, nasty taste.   (I don t justify Parton
in this; he is deteriorated by her.)    She makes obsene
jokes to him privately and hints at them publicly.
 Unfortunately,  I have heard Jim say,  Fanny s
jokes are on subjects which it don t do to mention in
public.    She openly hints at her sexual desires.
    All of which is less harmless than her writings.
Vale to the subject, for the present.
3.	Tuesday.  Writing, chores &c, till the afternoon,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and twenty
Description:Describes Fanny Fern's personality and habits.
Date:1859-05-02
Subject:Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Jacobs, Louisa; Parton, James; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

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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.