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bial intercourse, both before and behind Jim s
back.    When once Ed. Wells said carelessly he
 wasn t fit for anything  she rejoined by some
such remark as: then she wouldn t have him for
a bedfellow, or a husband, &c.   Wells stayed away
from the house for two or three weeks, inconsequence.
Of course Jim knows her accusation against his
friend from schooldays to be a lie: hence his
expressions of a wish that Fanny might see them to-
gether in Washington Square.     The woman s be-
havior alone might prove this.     She behaves in
her wonted manner towards Haney for six months
subsequent to the alleged damning attempt, they
are the best friends in the world until the row
about my  Scalpel   article occurs, when   rip!
out flows the venom, like the flood of filth
following the lance thrust of the Red Cross Knight
through the beast Error, in Spenser.        A couple
of years ago I put down my involuntary retrospec-
tory suspicions of her relations with the nauseous
Dyer, suspicions which I subsequently scored 
out, as unbecoming my chronicling when visiting
the house.    I now find they had occurred
simultaneously to Haney also.     Dyer is that
style of man that he would want It and she
   lustful, self willed, utterly unscrupulous,
what should check her from gratifying at once
her own bad passions and assuring herself, doubly
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page thirteen
Description:Regarding an alleged attempt by Fanny Fern to seduce Jesse Haney.
Date:1859-06-05
Subject:Dyer, Oliver; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Marriage; Parton, James; Welles, Edward; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (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.