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no stronger feeling than that produced by
a conviction that he s a pretty good fellow who
will be fond of her.     He is not her ideal, I
know, nor will he be able to place her in the
position she will consider her due.   She only recog-
nizes newspaper men as a sort of addenda to her
mother s fame, half-impatiently regarding them
as  shoppy.      Then too she will imagine that her
marriage may have shut out all sorts of triumphs.
I don t think she ever questions herself as to
what she can offer in the way of love and re-
gard, that would be out of her reckoning as of
most American girls!       Doubtless a desire to
excape from her mothers hellish temper, which is
vented on her children as on others, has its weight
with the girl.         Mort has not love enough or
strength enough to direct her into the right path
towards their mutual happiness; he will accept
what orts and fragments of affection she chooses
to bestow upon him and subside into his wife s
husband.    Thus poor  Chips  will be avenged.
Such cases are common in life.   The Sultan of
one day drops into the slave of tomorrow.  How
he accepted all  Chips  worship, perhaps as only
his due, and now will bid much more for
a much cheaper article.      All weak natures act
thus.   If Damoreau had married a good inno-
cent girl who would have loved him he would
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and fifty
Description:Speculates about the coming marriage of Grace Eldredge and Mort Thomson.
Date:1859-05-31
Subject:Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Thomson, Anna (''Chips''); Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); 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.