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    Mort Thomson as  Fanny Fern s  Bully.
meaning W. Rogers and the events of last year.
These were inserted by Mort Thomson, who is the
wreck of his former self, the willing instrument in
the hands of his wife and mother in-law.         He
tried to bully Mr Edwards for alleged contents of
Mrs Edwards  letter to Mary Rogers.   Mr E. told
him that he did not know what those letters contained,
as they were not in the habit of purloining private
letters from each other, and so shut Mort up.
He tried Nast relative to caricatures of F. F.
and youngest child, but didn t do much   Tommy
stood his ground well.          I saw it, sitting in
the Courier Office.  I am threatened with a visit,
so is John; so is Bill Rogers.        John hasn t
been seen; Bill Rogers hasn t been seen and I
am waiting in fear and trembling.       Out tactics
for the present are quiet; relying on the past for
Jim s justification with the public, and I think
it will answer.      If they press us however we shall
reply in a short note.       Jim is getting rapidly
stronger, now: he would have been a dead man
in three months if he had remained with her.  Du-
ring the last six or eight weeks his working power
was reduced to an hour and a half per day;
and he looked so worn and pale, it made my
heart sore to look at him.      Thank God I have
got him again!     I never felt more religious than
I do in contemplating this fact.         He walks
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page one hundred and forty-one
Description:Regarding the details of Jim Parton's separation from Fanny Fern, obtained from a letter from Jesse Haney.
Date:1862-04-17
Subject:Edwards, George; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Marriage; Nast, Thomas; Parton, James; Parton, Mary (Rogers); Rogers, William; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-17

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" in Virginia while traveling with the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular Campaign; the Siege of Yorktown; the Battle of Williamsburg; his departure from Alexandria on the steamer Kent; the ruins of Hampton, Virginia, after it was burnt by John B. Magruder; touring the gunboat Monitor; the death of Fitz James O'Brien from a gunshot wound; Jim Parton's temporary separation from Fanny Fern; and seeing Robert E. Lee's house in Virginia.
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marches (U.S. Army); Marriage; Medical care (U.S. Army); Military; Military camp life; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Prisoners of war (Confederate); Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Slavery; Slaves; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Washington, District of Columbia; Alexandria, Virginia; Hampton, Virginia; Yorktown, Virginia; Williamsburg, Virginia
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.