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	  Grace and Mort.
 They did,  said he;  they were disposed to
turn it all into ridicule.    Anne told me that
she believed I envied the bridegroom.   I should
have retorted with the remark I just made;
Anne is all the better behaved for a verbal
slap in the face.          Grace is a good girl
enough; she has but one fault   her mother.
I liked her, thought her frank and kind,
not much marred by affectations.  She would
check her mother, when in full career of exagge-
rative lying.      The marriage will be just an
average one.     Mort will call her  the Curly
One,  or some pet name, take her to the theatre,
talk exaggeration on small topics, get drunk
occasionally, and work pretty hard.     He is
not a gentleman, has but a coarse nature
and can never educate a woman into loving
him beyond what the first week s acquain-
tance inspires.    You may know all about him
in two or three interviews   which is a poor com-
pliment to pay any man.         I hope the girl will
be happy with all my heart, for her sake
rather than his.     But albeit it sounds cruel,
I do hold firm faith in transmitted character
and all that I have been able to observe
confirms it.   And I think that blood must
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and eighty
Description:Speculates on the marriage of Mort Thomson and Grace Eldredge.
Date:1861-05-14
Subject:Edwards, Ann; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Marriage; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); 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.