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             Fanny Fern  exploiting
gural speech, uttered this day at Washing-
ton will be considered a declaration of War
in the South; if this country escape, it it will
be a marvel.
  5.  Tuesday.   Writing a long letter to Bob
Gun.    Down-town towards sunset, calling at
Lindsay s, Frank Leslie s and Haney s, un-
successfully.    At about 8 P. M.   Haney
came up into my room and stayed till 10  .
Fanny cackles a good deal about her approach-
ing mother-in-law-hood, commencing plenty
of sentences with,  Now that girl is going to be
married           This, addressed to Haney, means
a triumph over the Edwards  girls.      All women
are apt to regard matrimony in that light.
Fanny s eminent success in carrying all her
points is a good illustration of what can be
done by a thoroughly selfish, unscrupulous,
cunning woman.    She married Jim; she
has her own way with him; he succumbs.
She sets about marrying her daughter to
Mort Thomson directly poor little  Chips  is
in her coffin, but always distrusting her own
sex, resolves that Grace shall be mistress of
a house of her own and though Mrs. Thom-
son is content to acknowledge Fanny s pre-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page twelve
Description:Regarding Fanny Fern's attitude about her daughter Grace's upcoming marriage.
Date:1861-03-04
Subject:Civil War; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Lincoln, Abraham; Lindsay; Marriage; Parton, James; Thomson, Anna (''Chips''); Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Thomson, Sophy; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-05-24

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, boarding house living, visits to the Edwards family, Mort Thomson's engagement to Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Eldredge, Frank Cahill's return to New York from London, Frank Bellew's dissatisfaction with living in England, Thomas Nast's engagement to Sally Edwards, the scene in New York during the departure of the 7th New York Regiment for Washington, attending the wedding of Olive Waite and Hamilton Bragg, a visit with Frank Cahill to the camp of the 1st Regiment of New York Volunteers and the 2nd Regiment of New York State Militia on Staten Island, the death of Charles Welden, and his reporting work.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; 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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.