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	Parton and Fanny Fern.
that Jim has no affection for Fanny, no admira-
tion of any sort, at any time.           I differ with
her; for I remember Jim s peculiar letters to her
and his calling admiring attention to her meretri-
cious dressing.    He is very near-sighted; has,
I suppose, not much experience of women   its
a case of old Doctor Johnson and his  Tetty, 
over again.     This, of course, the sister, couldn t
bear to suppose.    Jim s weak, every way, accord-
ing to her testimony.   When she, Mrs. Rogers, first
saw Fanny, at the Christmas of 1858, cele-
brated at 745, she was so affected at the sight
of  that dreadful old woman, all dressed up so, 
that she escaped from the room, to burst into
tears.          Jim s hegira, last winter, was design-
ned as  an experiment ; if he had cause to
repeat it, he asserted that it should be final.
 My God! what a deliverance!  Jim would
say, speaking of it.     There had been an infer-
nal row between him and Fanny, in consequence
of his staying late at the Edwardses.    Fanny
raved, swore, vilified and threw things at him.
She hated Haney, then, considering him  her enemy. 
When, pursuing Jim, she came to Rochester,
she sent a peremptory summons for him, at
night, from her hotel.       Jim was really ill, the
weather bad, so that Rogers told the messenger
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page fifty-two
Description:Regarding the opinion of Mrs. Rogers about the marriage of her brother James Parton and Fanny Fern.
Date:1861-07-12
Subject:Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Marriage; Parton, James; Parton, Mary (Rogers); Rogers, William
Coverage (City/State):Rochester, [New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-09

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War; his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post;"" boarding house living; a bridal reception at the Edwards family's residence in honor of the marriage of Sally Edwards and Thomas Nast; a visit to the Heylyn and Rogers families in Rochester; and his trip to Paris, Ontario, to visit George Bolton and the Conworths.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada ; Rochester, 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.