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[newspaper clipping]
Mr. Shaffer s colleague, Mr. Edmond Blankman,
was certainly a worthy assistant.  You may re-
member that, several years ago, a lawyer of
this city was suspected of having murdered
his wife, who died so suddenly that she was be-
lieved to have been poisoned.  The case attracted
wide-spread attention, for the reason that the
lady was formerly a famous courtesan known by
the name of  Fanny White.   In the practice 
of her infamous profession she had amassed quite
a sum of money, by some said to be at least one
hundred thousand dollars, and this it was
charged had developed Mr. Blankman s affec-
tions so effectively that he actually made the 
abandoned woman his wife.  For several years 
two or three they lived together, very happily
it was believed, and one morning she died very
suddenly, as I have stated.  An investigation
failed to elicit any testimony going to establish 
the fearful imputation made upon Mr. Blank-
man s character, and the court entered a verdict
of not guilty in the case.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page fifteen
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding Edmond Blankman and the death of his wife, Fanny White.
Subject:Blankman, Edmond; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Shaffer; White, Fanny
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-10-18


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.