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believe that the infernal woman, like
Rousseau s nauseous  mamma , believes that tie the
only one sure to attach a man to her interests, where-
fore she wished to knit it with Haney.    He thinks
she would have gone the entire beast; I, at first
supposing she might only have desired to have him
commit himself, henceforth to hold his supposed
attempt in terror over him, as binding him to her
side.   But when her whole character is considered
I incline to think his darker estimate the right one.
Judging basely but in some things shrewdly she d have
known that a man so situated could not have been
relied upon, would suppose he d owe her a grudge
from baffled lust.          And her r le was, is to
make partisans, especially to win them from Jim s
side.  No!  like the strumpet in  Lazarille  she
would have paid her partner in kind, before saddling
him with his burthen.      How far Haney was from
wanting to don it I know.    I ve seen him resent
and reject her familiarities as decidedly as could
be done without coming to an open rupture, and
they have formed a matter of conversation between
us.        And the woman is lustful besides being wicked
in other kind.    Her talk glances towards her physi-
cal capacities for satisfying appetite, her habitual
low-necked exposure of her bosom and display of
her feet, all invite Phallus-worship.    She has
again and again hinted chambering and connu-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page twelve
Description:Regarding an alleged attempt by Fanny Fern to seduce Jesse Haney.
Date:1859-06-05
Subject:Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
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.