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sure she felt all her mother s bad blood
rising, in her wish to imply silent enmity to the
family who cannot but detest the woman, and
who, when she forces her undesired company upon
them, knew pretty surely that it is only because
she can t keep Jim away and prefers accompany
ing him out of a morbid curiosity rather than
let him come alone.      The woman invariably im-
poses more or less hypocrisy on those who are brought
into contact with her; we have all been put into
false relations with her. (I m all Right now
thanks to Ledger article and catch me swindling
my own sail into belief in her again.)      Well
Ella did a characteristic thing, dodged my hand
in the dance with a dexterity worthy of her mother.
Luckily I hadn t offered it, standing as if not
attentive.      More dances.     Down stairs to supper.
Sat beside Miss Ann and Mrs George.   Our host
and hostess  drunk with a hip! hip! hurrah!
Haneys poem; an immense success, the healths of
the persons alluded to being drunk in order,
as they appeared, with three cheers each, sometimes
more.  (Fanny s obtained none, indeed the verse
was introduced at the last moment, lumping her
and party together; a mere compliment of Haney s
designed to prevent them remarking what might have
looked like a marked omission.)   Jim s name
got a noble welcome.    At the poem s conclusion,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and ninety-four
Description:Describes the Edwards family's Christmas party.
Date:1859-12-26
Subject:Christmas; Edwards, Ann; Edwards, George, Jr., Mrs.; Eldredge, Ellen; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James; Women
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.