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inable cake of turnips, hair powder and other unwanted ma-
terials, carefully sugared over and decorated with flowers,
for the purpose of sending it to a young man, how the girls
hired a nigger to deliver it to him in his store, and to watch
the result, how friends of his were present, and how he tas-
ted it.     How he retaliated by sending the girls oranges satura-
ted with turpentine.   How she, Fanny, used boldly to slip
out and play truant for an hour or more, availing herself of
the exit of  the French class  which she didn t belong to.  How
she was caught at it by Miss Beecher.   How she used to slip
off from the tail end of the procession of girls promenading into
confectioner s shops with  fellows.   How a deaf and dumb Souther-
ner fell in love with her, called at the school, wrote to her, used
to sit telegraphing with the finger alphabet at church, and how
afterwards he heard of his incarceration in a lunatic asylum.
Somebody has sent her, through Bonner of the Ledger, a box
of chewing tobacco, named after her, with an imaginary por-
trait on the cover!  There s fame!   She has, also, been pressed into
service as godmother to a big Western steamer; which has recently
blown up on the Ohio, and killed a lot of people, and to an
old mud-scow!        Stayed all night, sleeping on the sofa, in
Jim s room.            Haney, who d been there since Saturday, in the
  1. Monday.  Back to New York with Haney.   An hour
or so at the Picayune Office talking with Woodward and Gun,
the Scotchman in Bellew s employ.  To Day at the  Brother
Jonathan  Office   Sold old  Lantern  cuts   my drawings   for
$15.    To Bleecker St.   O Brien up in Haney s room at sun-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page seventy-seven
Description:Describes Fanny Fern's tales of her childhood pranks at Miss Beecher's school.
Subject:Beecher, Catharine E.; Bellew, Frank; Bonner, Robert; Children; Day; Fern, Fanny; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; O'Brien, Fitz James; Parton, James; Women; Woodward
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada
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 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.