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story for the Picayune.  He is a thin
spare, young, black-haired fellow, claims a
Southern origin but looks Irish and his
breath stinks horribly.     Second week of this
fine acquisition copy was wanting, of course.
I suggested to Cahill should continue the
story, which he did, scribbling off a chapter in
my room, nocturnally.     Since this he has become
pretty familiar with Gun who is a very good-
natured fellow, and for the last couple of
months, has dropped spreeing.      Cahill has
a pretty sharp lesson this time, but it won t
change his character.   His small lyings hint that
he has commenced a course of minor O Brienisms.
You can t help a man on this sort; he s too
weak to stick together.      My suspicion as to his
affair with the wet nurse of Mort Thomson s
has become surety; indirectly he let out the
truth himself, putting two or three circumstances
together, it became absolute verity.    He s afraid
that the Thomson s have discovered it.        There s
a spice of suspicion that he has babbled to the Thom-
sons of the Edwards  dislike to Fanny Fern
to whom it would be immediately conveyed, of
course, by Mort s mother, who toadies Fanny.
This and a letter from Jim Parton s sister, which
Fanny found in her husband s pocket and read,
are the foundation for a late characteristic Led-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page seventy-nine
Description:Regarding Frank Cahill's alleged affair with the Thomson's wet nurse.
Date:1859-08-06
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Fern, Fanny; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Parton, Mary (Rogers); Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Thomson, Sophy; Vananda, T. Hamilton
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.