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once said something anent the lecture
and Grace and once yawned or gaped.   The
conclusion of the  poem  offered Doestickian ad-
vice to wooers, to the effect of commending ceaseless
persistence.    Bashfulness was scanted, if refuse
once,  ax  again next day, quoth Mort; if you
delay some other  feller  may step in and  cut you
out :  she may change her mind on the way to
the church.      I put this down only for the live
accompaniment.      When Mort was at an appro-
priate juncture, Haney declares he heard a clap
of approbation proceeding from the pudgy hand
of little Nast.   He would sit open mouthed, swal-
lowing all Mort s teachings as gospel and resol-
ving to act upon them.     Furthermore Haney
supposed that certain of these lines were level-
ed at his presumed aspirations towards Grace
Eldredge.    One of the lies started by Fanny
in her attempt to not only break the friendship
between her husband and Haney, but to damn
him in the estimation of the Edwards  was the
assertion that he had boasted, at his board-
ing-house (!) of his being engaged to Grace.
This she told Mrs Edwards.    Now it is
not at all improbable that Mort Thomson be-
lieves this story and paraded his presumed triumph
of his supposed rival in this poem.   Like the
old woman, he always draws on events and
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and thirty-four
Description:Regarding attending a lecture by Mort Thomson as Doesticks.
Date:1859-11-13
Subject:Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sarah; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Lectures and lecturing; Nast, Thomas; Parton, James; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.