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	  Parton Re-Captured.
the old trouble came upon me like a devil; I
could scarcely refrain from bursting into some hys-
terical paroxsysm, or from rushing out into the
cold, dreadful streets.     I kept it down, however,
and presently was summoned to join the dance and
my assent insisted on.          So I danced with Sally
and then sat and talked with her for an hour,
feeling I was safe while obtaining self-forgetfulness,
and morbidly grateful for the relief, yet with a
fearful looking forwards to the renewal of my
possession.             Previously Haney had told me
that Jim Parton had succumbed again to the enemy.
She wrote to Rogers on Saturday, went on to
Rochester next day saw her husband
and, it is supposed, brought him back with her!
Haney wishes for a cursing-mill similar to the
praying ones in use in Thibet and Japan   those
turned by water-power and set into perpetual mo-
tion   thereby to express his feelings.       As we
walked home together, I saw tears in
his eyes at the thought of Jim s relapse into that hi-
deous tyranny from which he had temporarily escaped.
  The woman humiliates herself, pleads for pardon,
all in the same violent, selfish way that she rages
and domineers.    She began this within two weeks
of the marriage.        Not a visit to his relatives, not
an action dictated by free-will but produces a storm.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and twenty-three
Description:States that James Parton has returned to his wife Fanny Fern.
Date:1860-11-20
Subject:Edwards, Sally (Nast); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James; Rogers, William
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Rochester, [New York]; Tibet; Japan
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.