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the house in New York and they migrate
in April.    Jim doesn t look at all well.   A
years absence from  home  subsequent to his com-
pletion of Jackson, especially if spent in a voyage
to England would give him a fresh lease of
life.     He has come back from the South with a
bad cold and looks wretchedly.   I suppose what
I m going to write is very atrocious, a breach of
hospitality and all that, but down it must go.
  Well, I think Parton hasn t much of a home.
The women, however good intentioned, knock him
about more than aught else   that is their notion of
fun and fondness.    Fanny, decidedly a robustuous
female,  cuts up  (in and American sense) alto-
gether too-extensively.  Jim Pox  is to be punched
and bitten, and sat upon, and slapped with
shoes pulled off for that purpose, and joked at, 
and made he subject of comic lies, and served
up in the d ____d Ledger    everyway and any
way.   The girls, too, as is inevitable, take after
their mother, especially the younger.   Grace s
natural maidenhood keeps her from the violent
demonstrations common both to her sister and mother;
I have seen her unconsciously taking instinctive
objections to their behavior.      Fanny, in talk
and conduct, is all ultra.   She will dress herself
in Jim s clothes   I m sorry Grace has been ini-
tiated into the nasty Yankee trick   will tumble
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and thirty-one
Description:Describes the behavior of Fanny Fern and her daughters.
Subject:Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; New York ledger.; Parton, James; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; 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 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.