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and trebly, of her reptile s fidelity by binding
him to her by the one tie she believes will secure
men to women?     They travelled together, were
hither and thither in hotels and boarding houses.
He has the nastiest kind of red hair.     I have heard
Grace come out with a round-eyed  O! mother!
when Fanny denied that  Uncle Oliver,  as her
daughters called the beast, had ever kissed her.
Why her very expression of liking for a man was a
desire to kiss him &c.             It s  her little game. 
She played it on Jim, only too successfully.    Their
marriage developed no new intimacies between them
as I was instinctively conscious two years ago. (I
put it down and scored it out again.)           There
have been horrible rows between the pair, nearly
resulting in two cases in separation, Jim once get-
ting to packing up his trunks.   He has a lurid 
spark of wrath in him which sometimes blazes out.
She will cry, swear, charge him with all the mean-
nesses only a sickeningly mean woman can dream
of attributing to a man, and   sometimes   though
very rarely sting him to retort and battle.      Haney
has walked about Brooklyn streets with her, she
crying, lying, pleading against Jim, justifying herself
  after her wont.     Enough of her for the
present.    What a horrible business this is!  And
what a terrible moral may be plucked from it!
  Jim with all his provoking optimism in attempt-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page fourteen
Description:Regarding Fanny Fern and Jim Parton's marriage.
Date:1859-06-05
Subject:Dyer, Oliver; Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Parton, James; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.