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so much gammon.     Apart from it being a
gushing womanly thing to holla on and to lie
about in print, I don t think Fanny loves her
children; she would tyrannize over, quarrel
with, abuse and possibly strike them in any
of her devil s humors; she might be generous,
but couldn t be just or gentle.     Lotty s poor
little brat was made over to Whytal; his kins-
folk reared it; she never caring even to see
it.       And  Maggie,  or  Allie s  Pearl comes
in the same category.             By the way, there was
a certain Burr who had her as his strumpet,
during her assumed  marriage  with the mise-
rable little dentist; he, Burr, was mean, though
a rich man and didn t care about keeping
her, as he intimated in jocular conversation
with Haney.      She had met Clapp, too, at
some  Free Love  haunt, before her marriage
with Sol, hence, perhaps, his desire to renew
the intimacy.    I don t suppose she has been
faithful to Eytinge, for sundry reasons.     First
and principally because she s a bad woman;
secondly because it becomes a necessity with
her class to go through the dreary formula
of confidences about being unappreciated &c., to
do the sham emotional, which Sol has grown
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and forty-three
Description:Comments on Allie Vernon, Lotty Kidder, and Fanny Fern.
Date:1861-04-27
Subject:Burr; Children; Clapp, Henry, Jr.; Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Eytinge, Solomon; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Pearl; Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Whytal, John; Whytal, Jr.; Women
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.