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Grace.                Sometimes Fanny is civil to Jack,
sometimes invisible.     She has always entertained
a distrust and dislike of the Edwards  famiy,
instinctively knowing that they could not be but an-
tagonistic towards her.       Two women more inherent-
ly averse to each other couldn t exist than Mrs
Edwards and  Fanny Fern.       I am pretty sure, too,
of a special incident which may have put a keener
edge on Mrs Edwards  hostility.    Parton was sup-
posed to have done a little philandering with Anne
Edwards, the eldest daughter of the family, (who
recently kept school at Elizabethtown in Jersey and
is now at Norfolk, Virginia,) a match between
them having been not improbable.      His unfortunate
intimacy with Fanny marred this.    With most other
men the woman would have failed in the characteresti-
cally coarse game she played.    They would have pre-
ferred continuing the peculiar relations which I am
sure existed between Parton and her to a marriage
with a divorced wife and one of most inenviable no-
toriety.                Hence Mrs Edwards is doubly
 down upon  Fanny, detesting her as a woman and
an authoress, and as one who has cut in and spoil-
ed the hand of 
a quasi daughter, for she Miss Anne is the result of
papa Edwards first marriage.      I don t blame Mrs
E. for it.    As long as girls who don t get married
have such a melancholy look out in life, all good
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and twenty-seven
Description:Regarding Mrs. Edwards and Fanny Fern's dislike for each other.
Date:1859-05-08
Subject:Edwards, Ann; Edwards, John; Edwards, Sarah; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Parton, James; 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.