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	 Haney s Account of the Ferns.
as much money as was due for his board, and
spend the rest immediately in clothing of which he
is so sorely in want, that he may be without
the means to procure liquor.  Then he went to
Shepherd s room and lay down.         I don t think
there s any saving him; he s in the rapids and
drifting with horrible swiftness towards the fall.
I may write of him in the past tense before another
Christmas comes round.  Yet I ll do what I can.
  We roused him in time for the next meal,
as he had to go, immediately after it, down-town.
I went to Haney s, found him in his chilly
room matagrabolizing a Christmas Poem for
745, and not making much headway at it.
Jim Parton won t be present this year; he says
he should find the contrast with his domestic
hell too much for him.       Grace is with her mother
now, coming thither with a story about her tumbling
down stairs and hurting herself   from which
hearers may be expected to infer that she risked
her approaching maternity.     Parton discredits
this story; I don t know why.      He pronounces Grace
the most vacant-minded, inane of young women,
preferring her younger sister, the (to me and every
body else) highly-objectionable Nelly.   (These last
items I had from Matty).              Mort Thomson s
marriage has proved but a Dead Sea apple
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and ten
Description:Regarding news of Jim Parton and Fanny Fern, heard from Jesse Haney.
Date:1861-12-22
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Christmas; Drunkenness; Edwards, Martha; Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James; Poetry; Shepherd, N.G.; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-14

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen
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 life, the shooting of Sergeant Davenport by Captain Fitz James O'Brien for insubordination, and Frank Bellew's marital troubles.
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.