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ed the head of old Sycorax as she sat by
the coffin in which poor Chips  lay.     With what awful
alertness she went to work on it.       There was to have
been a return party given at Oxford Street, to that
of the Edwards , and I remember going over with Haney
present.   Meantime Fanny had prevented them by a
message to Papa Edwards.       No intimation was given
to us of this, and we sate during half the evening
expecting their arrival.   Fanny dreaded competition with
Grace.   Mrs Edwards smelt out this, to Haney s
intense amusement.   Fanny talked of a return party
in the new house, which never came off.   She does
nothing without a motive, and therefore suspects all
persons of the same.            A word as to her indecency
of which I have dropped hints.   During my fre-
quenting the house, I, as others, have constantly been
witnessing things I disliked.     Then  twould have
been treachery to have scored them down, now I
consider myself free to do so.    Anyone acquainted
with her writings, by adding amplitude of expression
to the worst parts of them, may conceive her ordinary
conversation.   She dresses immodestly, exposing her
bosom, more than women generally do in ball costume.
She makes smutty jokes.   She compliments (!) male
visitors by supposing them to be have begotten illegiti-
mate children.    (This she did to me more than once.)
She encourages visitors to embrace her and to take
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and nineteen
Description:Describes a talk with Jesse Haney about Fanny Fern and her daughters.
Subject:Edwards, George; Edwards, Sarah; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Thomson, Anna (''Chips''); Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Oxford Street
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.