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Here s a delightfully
 Doestickian  example of
Mort Thomson s  using up 
his father, mother and poor
 Chips   baby, in a humorous
article published in last week s
 Mercury,  and affording a
glimpse at the Thomsonian
household through a distorting
glass of a thousand lens power.
  I wonder whether he will
be able to refrain from writing
a  comic  account of his coming
bridal night.

[newspaper clipping]
  Every man with a wife, who has ever had
the fortune to provoke that helpmate to the
extent of downright ill-temper, knows that
what I say is true.  When lovely woman gets
(I humbly beg her pardon) ugly; or becomes
(I crave her gracious mercy) crabbed; or is
taken with a fit of (I kneel for absolution and
forgiveness) snappish, uncourteous, and rude;
or chances to be seized with an attack of (I
prostrate and humiliate myself in the hope of
grace and pardon) ill-tempered, churlish, un-
gracious, morose, bearish sulkiness, then that
lovely woman aforesaid can give you an ex-
pression of her opinion through the medium
of a coffee-pot, gridiron, or sauce-pan, that
goes straighter to the heart than any word
she could speak.
  And grandmothers can do it, too.  Burnt
steak, weak coffee, smoked toast, and scorch-
ed omelettes, have a language, at the break-
fast-table, that appeals to every individual
one of the Lords of Creation, who are the
veriest slaves.
  Ha, ha!  Grandmother-in-chief of my
Trumps, my baby, did you fondly imagine
that I don t comprehend the language of the
gridiron, that I can t understand the idiom
of the frying-pan, and that the dialects of the
pot, the kettle, the oven, and the toasting-
fork, are to me unknown tongues?
  Why have I had no button on a shirt for
a fortnight?  Why have my socks always
had huge holes therein, so that if any par-
ticular toe had been a dissipated toe, and had
chosen to steal away on a midnight spree, in
the reprehensible company of other fast and
frolicsome toes, that toe could have departed
from his home the enveloping sock have
gone off on his midnight surreptitious spree,
and come in without a latch-key, at the most
disreputable hour of the night, through the
hole that you, O blameful lady! left undarn-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page twenty-eight(a)
Description:Newspaper clipping of article by Mort Thomson (Doesticks) about his parents and his son.
Subject:Children; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Physicians and surgeons; Thomson; Thomson, Jr.; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Thomson, Sophy
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-07

 

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.