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bills on people which never were honored!
  5.  Sunday.  Chores.  Gun & Tracy up, the
former on business.     Did a drawing on wood.
Writing.   Round to Houston St with results after
tea, then to 16th.  Out with Haney, in Washington
Square which looked very summery.    Here, two
Sundays ago after I had left Jim and Haney, they
saw Fanny, Grace and Mort walking together.  I
hope they see us!  Jim said, defiantly.    There
must have been a most infernal row subsequently
at his home, for with the exception of one evening
at Edwards  he has not been accessible anywhere.
Haney is distinctly outlawed and here s the whole
reason.   Fanny has played Portiphar s wife, accus-
ing Haney to Jim of attempting    .  Furthermore
she has declared that he boasted  at his boarding-
house   of being about to marry Grace.  Latter, of
course, a simple lie, the former with a back-ground
of wickedness to it.    When Jim was away down
south, in accordance both with his and her request,
Haney went over to Brooklyn repeatedly, and she
put the climax on her common familiarities by
the perpetration of two acts of downright invitation
towards him, which he rebutted.      Her false accu-
sation doubtless grows out of a suspicion that he
told Jim of the incident, is an attempt to take
the wind out of his sails and inflare them with
a hell-blast of jealousy.     Now I 
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page eleven
Description:Regarding an alleged attempt by Fanny Fern to seduce Jesse Haney.
Date:1859-06-04
Subject:Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Marriage; Parton, James; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Tracy; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):16th Street; Houston Street; Washington Square
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; 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.