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            Reflections on the Marriage.
and will show itself.     I m not sure but that
a man ought to look back at least two genera-
tions, before choosing a wife.  He can know but
little of her, or his own character, without
some such information.  I verily think that the
discovery of a vital flaw   an inherent streak
of bitchiness   in the mother of any man s ina-
morata would justify his disposing of his nine
days  passion with as little ceremony as so many
blind puppies.         And then, what trash is it
to say that you  don t marry all the family,  when
you invariably do, unless you can emigrate to
the other side of the globe, or establish a deadly
quarrel with them, which Mrs. N. or M. of
course would connive at.                 I think
Grace liked Haney once, and would have had
him.   She talked confidentially to him and
gave him a story she had attempted, which was
published in the  Ledger.     He is good-looking
and lively, was, perhaps, one of the few eligible
men who visited the house.   And the old cat
wanted desperately to win him over to her side, be-
sides believing in his capacity to make money.  Jim
warned Haney on this score, once, intimating that
Grace would develop like her mother.      Maybe
that Haney was flattered by the idea, as most
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and eighty-one
Description:Speculates on the marriage of Mort Thomson and Grace Eldredge.
Date:1861-05-14
Subject:Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Marriage; New York ledger.; Parton, James; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-07

 

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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.