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              The Rogerses on Fanny Fern.
that he had gone to bed.    Everybody is obliged
to lie, who has anything to do with her,  he added,
truly enough.      The next morning he brought Fan-
ny to the house, in a hired carriage.         She went
upstairs into Jim s room; where another violent
scene occurred.     In that room she lived for
three days, Jim taking up her meals.         Mrs.
Rogers was sick abed; Fanny saw nothing of
any of the family but Rogers.    At last he brought
her down-stairs, to the suppertable.      Mrs. R.
regarded her o carrying off Jim as a deplora-
ble triumph on Fanny s part.   She pronounces
her  the worst woman in every way in the world. 
She won t connive at any amiable fictions about
the marriage; denying, when questioned, that
they are or can be happy, and that Jim likes
her.           I got some particulars, too, about
Fanny s atrocious tyranny over poor Louisa
Jacobs.     Inventing some transitory spasm
of jealousy against the girl and Jim in the course of
some household round game, Fanny abused
her like a very drab, calling her all the
whores and bitches she could lay her tongue to;
finally attempting to strike her, which Jim
prevented.    Woman! if you do,  said he,  I
shall do you a mischief.        In consequence of
this row, Louisa Jacobs was sent off.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page fifty-three
Description:Regarding the details of James Parton and Fanny Fern's prior separation.
Date:1861-07-12
Subject:Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jacobs, Louisa; 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.