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he tarrying outside.   Haney and Rawson in
the former room.  Rejoined Cahill and sat
in the leafy Washington Square awhile.      To Cha-
pin s in the evening, then to Edwards .   In the
Square again nocturnally with Haney.    He has
only seen Parton accidentally in Broadway since
our Sunday s supper.   I fancy there s just-past -
a trifle of the Wells-and-Thomson one-sidedness in
this friendship betwixt Haney and Parton.  Haney
believes in him wholly, has, since he went to school
to him.   Yet Parton got married on the sly, not
communicating with his friend and believer.  There
is, too, something highly suggestive in Parton s appre-
hension, on Levison s death, that Haney might marry
the widow.      I never told Haney this, or would.
But it argues more than philanthropic persistence
in belief in the inherent goodness of human nature
and Fanny Fern, does Parton s marriage, es-
pecially when coupled with the suspicion that another
man might contract almost as hateful a union
with a woman his superior in fortune, as Fanny
was to Parton s.    He knew what Mrs Levison
was well enough, yet could suppose the marriage
possible.    I never did for a moment.     I believe
Parton was wearied of boarding-house discomforts,
of compulsory celibacy or rather illegal indulgence.
Better both than such a marriage.     These considera-
tions may appear to conflict with the other, generous
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page thirty-one
Description:Comments on Jim Parton's belief that Jesse Haney might marry William Levison's widow.
Date:1859-06-26
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Fern, Fanny; Gill, Rawson; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; Marriage; Parton, James; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Welles, Edward
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Washington Square
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.