Death of Grace Eldredge.
Southern restaurant, St Charles &c. Writing
at night to Gay. In A. G. Hills room, with
some naval fellows; Ripley came. To my
room and work. Presently Schell and A. G.
return from headquarters bringing letters for
all hands. For me from my mother, from
Haney and Boweryem. Extracts: From
Haney: Many things have occurred since you
left. Thomson s wife died a few weeks be-
fore Christmas. Cause, a scarlet fever super-
vening upon her confinement, the fever caught
from the little boy. (Mort s child by poor Chips. )
Can you conceive a more startling coincidence?
as if the first wife were avenged for the
insult paid to her memory by her own son.
It has all the sequence of dramatic tragedy.
Grace leaves a child a girl large and pro-
missing; and at present there is a lively
contest for the possession of the same between
F. F. and him, he wishing to leave it with
her for only three years and F. F. desiring
to have it permanently. No decision, yet,
but I think from his desire to conciliate
the younger daughter he will yield. It having
become necessary for him to take out letters
of administration upon her estate, it was
discovered that he had spent all but $1500
[words cut off] money; in other words, that he had
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page two hundred and eight|
|Description:||Describes a letter received from Haney, telling of Grace Thomson's death.|
|Subject:||Boweryem, George; Civil War; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gay, Sidney H.; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hills, A.G.; Ripley, Philip; Schell, Frank H.; Thomson, Anna (''Chips''); Thomson, Jr.; Thomson, Ethel; Thomson, Mortimer|
|Coverage (City/State):||[New Orleans, Louisiana]|
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One|
|Description:||Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" at New Orleans, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; boarding house living; a visit to the Rawlings family; a fight with Mr. Blankman at his boarding house; his journey on the North Star with the Banks expedition; the re-occupation of Baton Rouge by Union forces; a visit to a sugar plantation in Louisiana; and Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Thomson's death.|
|Subject:||African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Publishers and publishing; Transportation; Travel; Women|
|Coverage (City/State):||New York, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|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.|