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     THE CHEVALIER FORNEY TO GEO. ROBERTS.
		          {PRIVATE}
  Our friend Forrest is now here, and is about to apply
for a divorce from his wife.  He has had, for eighteen
months, the proofs of her infidelity, but has chosen to
keep them quiet, and would have done so still but for her
folly in censuring him for leaving her.  It is really as-
tounding how he has kept these proofs to himself from all
his friends, for all that time; but it is so, nevertheless.
The facts are these: Eighteen months ago, while playing
in Cincinnati, he caught Mrs. F. in a very equivocal posi-
tion with a young man, in his own parlor not in actual
connection, but near it.  She protested innocence, and he
let it pass by loving her as he did, most profoundly.
They passed on to New Orleans, and so home to New
York.
  After they reached, and had been there for some time,
he found, one evening, on his wife s table, a billet doux
in the handwriting of, though not signed by, this young
man, in which she was alluded to in terms the most
amorous and unmistakable.
  The language alluded to her  white arms, that wound
about his neck  to the  blissful hours they had spent
together;  an the letter had been kept as a memento un-
til it was well worn.  Upon this evidence, with the other
confirmatory proofs, he intends applying to our Legisla-
ture for a divorce; but you are now in a position to serve
him in a manner he will never forget.  The person who
wrote to Mrs. F., and in whose company she was detect-
ed, is George Jamieson, now playing in New Orleans.  If
you don t know him, you can, as the editor of a leading
daily paper, soon make his acquaintance.  What Forrest
now desires to clinch the nail is, to obtain in some way an
admission from Jamieson.  I named you to him as a safe,
steady, and intelligent friend, and he will never forget
whatever you may do for him, in this, to him most vital
matter.  He suggests that you might institute intimate rela-
tions with J., and then induce him, either in your presence,
or in company, to admit as a thing to be proud of, his con-
nection with Mrs. F.  He is fond of a glass, and possibly,
in a convivial mood, might become communicative.  No harm
will come to him; he is game too small for Forrest; and
any admission he may make, may be important only as
aiding an injured man in getting relieved from a hateful
bond.  Can you manage this thing, my friend?  It will re-
quire skill and caution, and, if successful, will warmly en-
dear you to Forrest.  He is nearly crazy at the idea of
being placed in his present position; but he will spend
half he is worth to be released from it.  This matter must
be kept secret.  Above all, do not name me in connection with
it; excuse me for troubling you in regard to it.  My ar-
dent attachment to glorious Forrest must be my excuse.
Now, won t you help to relieve him?
  It would help in the matter, probably, to know that
John Green, the actor, now in New Orleans, is the warm
friend of Forrest, and may know Jamieson well.  You
can use your own discretion in letting him know the facts,
and invoking his aid.  This letter is addressed to you in
the knowledge of Forrest.
  Please write as soon after receipt as you can find op-
portunity to look about you.  With kind regards, I am,
dear Roberts, yours very truly,      JNO. W. FORNEY.
  GEO. ROBERTS, ESQ.
     PHILADELPHIA, January 25, 1850.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page two hundred and thirty
Description:Newspaper clipping of a letter from John Forney to George Roberts, requesting his assistance in getting evidence that actor George Jamieson had an affair with actor Edwin Forrest's wife.
Date:1850-01-25
Subject:Actors; Divorce; Forney, John W.; Forrest, Edwin; Forrest, Edwin, Mrs.; Green, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jamieson, George; Marriage; Roberts, George
Coverage (City/State):New Orleans, [Louisiana]; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]
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.