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came in, but he soon disappeared on a faint
promise to return, which wasn t fulfilled.    There s
always the devils  own row if he spends an evening
away from home.   It s,  You can leave me all alone, 
 What am I to do? &c.     Talking with Haney this
afternoon about that same Old Party, he intima-
ted that he knew of such things of her doing that
no one could believe or imagine, and yet he did
not know the Worst.  He  (Jim tells me only what
he can t help telling, in explanation fo what I see. 
  Fanny s last.   In this weeks  Ledger she has a brief
article  hating clumsy people.   Let them stay away till
they can behave better &c.     Mort Thomson s younger
brother, who returned three weeks ago from California,
refused to accompany him to the house in consequence
of this article, esteeming it leveled at him.  Tell her
so,  said he in answer to Mort s entreaties.    No
doubt the young fellow s right enough.     Fanny may
have a stronger reason for disliking him that that
arising from breach of parlor etiquette.    He (Cleve,
I think his name is) was brought up with poor little
 Chips  and loved her as a sister.  Mayhap therefore
he resents Mort s indecent haste to replace her as
an insult to the dead girl.    Fanny would read this
quick enough and hate him as an enemy at once.
And when she hates she always injures   if she can.
Haney hasn t seen Mort for some four weeks and
supposes Mort purposely avoids him, being compelled
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and thirty-seven
Description:Regarding an article written by Fanny Fern criticizing ''clumsy people,'' speculated to be about Cleve Thomson.
Date:1859-05-20
Subject:Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James; Thomson, Anna (''Chips''); Thomson, Cleve; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)
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.