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	       From his Wife
was at 745 on Tuesday night, staying unu-
sually long for him.     When Haney alluded to
it, he answered, with a shrug of the shoulders.
 An experiment!     A peaceable one?  inquired
Haney.         I don t know how it will turn out. 
 Well,  said Haney,  persevere! you know the
anecdote of the man whose liver wouldn t stand
a glass of brandy, and who tried more brandy! 
Jim laughed and the conversation terminated by
his entreated^|ing| Haney to visit him on the next evening.
Something prevented this.        Yesterday, or on the
day preceding, Fanny came to 745 and had an
interview with Mrs. Edwards.      Jim, it appeared,
cleared out on Wednesday morning.      The presump-
tion is that on his overnight s return home, there
was a tremendous row   one exceeding the
thousand of others he has been subjected to in violence   where-
fore he has abandoned the abominable cause of
them   Haney hopes finally.       Jim s book being
now finished, thinks Haney, makes the break 
off possible.  Parton was afraid of her burning
his M.S.S.   she has done this before, or threatened
to do it.       No imagination can over-conceive the
violence of her hellish temper, it is simply
selfishness inflamed into insanity; Jim has lived
in hell ever since that ill-advised marriage   
that wintry morning when I met him at the be-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page eighty-six
Description:Relates the story of how James Parton left his wife, Fanny Fern, heard from Jesse Haney.
Date:1860-11-02
Subject:Edwards, Sarah; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Marriage; Parton, James
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):745 [Broadway]
Scan Date:2010-04-27

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen
Description:Includes descriptions of attending a lecture by J.H. Siddons on Queen Victoria; seeing tightrope walker Charles Blondin perform; boarding house living; his freelance writing and drawing work; visits to the Edwards family and his friendship with Sally Edwards; a visit of the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII of Great Britain, to New York; his work as a reporter for ''The New York World;'' a visit to a dog fighting establishment; an evening spent at the 4th Ward police station awaiting 1860 election returns; and Gunn's experience as a correspondent for ""The New York Evening Post"" in Charleston, South Carolina, in the aftermath of South Carolina's secession from the federal government.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Civil War; Elections; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Police; Publishers and publishing; Secession; Slavery; Slaves; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Charleston, South Carolina
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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.