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pable of real friendship.               They are
horribly dull at Fanny s, lacking visitors.
People won t go there on the terms.    Fanny, in
all probability, told the lie about Haney s being
a disappointed suitor of Grace s to Thomson,
and he unquestionably would believe it.   His coarse-
ness must occasionally offend Grace; it has even
little Nast.        The girl altogether eclipses her mo-
ther, now; I have observed them on Broadway.
Tall and showy, with fair, bright hair worn
pretentiously in curls, with a good color, exu-
berently crinolined and dashingly-dressed gene-
rally, Grace throws Fanny into dusky shade;
the latter looking old, blas  and haggard.
When I encounter Jim with Fanny he always
pointedly recognizes me, which probably costs
him a row.                   Dined with Haney, sitting
beside old Mr Eldredge.     Little Jenny has been
sick of the scarlet fever, as also her mother.  Mrs
Griffin nee Gouverneur is at her Niagara
home.                Jack Edwards came after din-
ner.    In an hours time we three turned out
together and presently observed Jim and Fanny
on the Fifth Avenue.  Haney wanted to speak
with the former, joined them and got kidnapped,
so I took Jack home to tea with me.     To
the house afterwards where we found Nast, just
returned from a journey to North Elba, in the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and sixty-nine
Description:Regarding Grace Eldredge's appearance.
Date:1859-12-12
Subject:Edwards, John; Eldredge, Jenny; Eldredge, Mrs.; Eldredge, Sr.; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Nast, Thomas; Parton, James; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Fifth Avenue
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.