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             How Parton and  Fanny Fern 
discovered the folks in all the confusion atten-
dant on moving, but was hospitably welcomed
by them.    Supper, talk, whist, and to bed with
Heylyn by 9 o clock.
  18.  Wednesday.  Heylyn at house-cleaning.   With
him down town by 11.       To Rogers  office; found
him there.     After a little preliminary talk inclu-
ding mention of Sally s coming marriage, ( It s
to be very quiet; only the family present; she ll 
be married at the house, in her travelling dress
and they ll take the night-boat to Albany,  said
Rogers)   after this I obtained a lively and
dramatic account of the visit of Fanny Fern and
Jim Parton to Rochester, and the inevitable row
consequent upon it.       The Rogerses invited her,
inasmuch as they supposed that she would not let
her unfortunate husband come alone.      She extort-
ed an invitation from both  Bill  and  Mary, 
standing on punctilio about it.     He wrote in legal
formula.       A company of  juvenile Zouaves,  belong-
ing, I think, to some Rochester school, were to
drill in front of the house of the Galushas and
the Rogerses, willing at the same time to gratify
Fanny and to oblige their friends by the sight of
her, had persuaded the folks to defer it until  the
New Yorkers  arrived.   Some of our acquaintan-
ces had heard of and want to see the woman. 
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and eighty-five
Description:Describes visiting Bill Rogers in Rochester.
Date:1861-09-17
Subject:Edwards, Sally (Nast); Fern, Fanny; Galusha; Gay, Sarah (Galusha); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Heylyn, Liz; Military; Nast, Thomas; Parton, James; Parton, Mary (Rogers); Rogers, William
Coverage (City/State):Rochester, [New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-11

 

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.