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ing to palliate her doings, does not occupy
a too high position in the story.    I believe
he did, perhaps does love her after a sort, and
married her partly because he knew their inti-
macy was wrong.    I know it s wrong!  he let
out, one evening, to me, when I had been blazing
away against her infernal writings over a mug
of lager in a Broadway saloon (a subterranean
one)  when I kiss her     and he broke off.
Yet   now I m going to put down what may be
a mean suspicion of him, on my part   I do
think other motives consciously or unconsciously,
bore their part in inducing the marriage.     Item.
He was tired and sick of boarding-house discom-
fort.   Item. He has passions, which he saw no
no very present means of assuaging by marriage
with some girl whom he could have honored and
loved and which he didn t like to let flow into
the puddles which lie in men s way in a great
city.            In view of the choice of evils, per-
haps he had better chosen less depraved though
commoner ware than Fanny Fern.     Few poor
street harlots could achieve her intrinsic wicked-
ness!        But what need of choosing either?
  To Chapins, joining Haney at Edwards  subse-
quently, and then walking home with him.
  6.  Monday.  Books arrived from Paterson.
Chores and writing.  Down town in the afternoon,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page fifteen
Description:Regarding Fanny Fern and Jim Parton's marriage.
Date:1859-06-05
Subject:Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Marriage; Parton, James; Paterson; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.