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	            Parton s Sister.
with much of her brother s tendency to extremes
of opinion and sentiment, but in her, it is femi-
nized into narrowmindedness.   If she dislikes
anybody, she can see nothing but evil in them,
and being a clever, shrewd woman, can put
that dislike into sharp sentences.    Withal she never
doubts but that she is actuated by the highest mo-
rives, or distrusts her own infallibility.    Jim she
thinks highly of; taking command of him, and
consistently hating Fanny for doing the same.  When
she visited them in New York she was all af-
fection to her brother s wife, after the feminine
fashion; when she returned to Rochester, she
wrote that celebrated letter which produced a tre-
mendous rumpus and was replied to by Fanny
in the Ledger.     Mrs R. had advised her brother to
overhaul his  Katherine and Petruchio  and to act
on the latter s example!      Jim read out, aloud,
some agreable portions of it and Fanny, very much
flattered, went to his coat pocket, to get the whole
letter, in order to answer it, doing a little of her
pen-and-ink philoprogenitiveness for the benefit of
sister-in law s three children.         I have already
chronicled the result.              This Mary Rogers, then,
was at the pains to write her aunt, Mrs Edwards,
a clever letter denunciatory of Sally, which the girl
had perhaps provoked by one to her enemy, who in-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and forty-three
Description:Describes a talk with Sally Edwards about her family.
Date:1860-08-10
Subject:Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Parton, James; Parton, Mary (Rogers); Women
Coverage (City/State):[Grafton, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of New York literary Bohemians, Frank Cahill fleeing for England after spending money that was meant for ''The New York Picayune,'' visits to the Edwards family, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, a sailing excursion to Nyack with the Edwards family and other friends on the Fourth of July, a fight between Fitz James O'Brien and House at Pfaff's, witnessing a fire at Washington Market, the execution of pirate Albert Hicks on Bedloe's Island, an excursion aboard the ship Great Eastern, a vacation at Grafton with the Edwards family, his growing friendship with Sally Edwards, Lotty Granville's behavior with Brentnall and Hill at his boarding house, Frank Bellew's return to England, and visits to dance houses in the Fourth Ward with friends for an article.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Grafton, 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.