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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 169, July 1-31, 1858

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Identifier: DX03549151

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 169, July 1-31, 1858

Description: Regarding Fanny Fern and her daughter Grace Eldredge dressing like men and going to New York.


to vertigo or giddiness, and on coming up-stairs have to hold on to the banisters, to prevent falling. Teeth are yet sore, Doctor awhile at Saratoga, leaving me temporarily in charge of another, and so matters rest at present. Had a letter from Dick Bolton wanting me to meet him at Niagara on the last day of the month, he being on his way to visit George [Bolton] and the Conworths'. I project doing the same in three weeks time or so — not yet. Have done some work — a drawing or two for Harper's, more for [Jesse] Haney. Went over to [James] Parton's on Sunday, the 18th. The Thompson's and [Edward] Wells there in the evening. Grace [Eldredge] with her hair cut short, her mother [Fanny Fern] in similar train. This they did to facilitate a visit to New York one night Dressed "a la Amazon, in company with Parton. A very unwise business, not to speak of the delicacy of it. It might have produced unpleasant consequences, for going into a saloon — Florence's, or some such place — the disguise didn’t deceive some man present (probably a policeman in regular attendance) and he, stepping up to Parton, told him that "he'd better take them gals away, or he might get into trouble!!!" So they had to avail themselves of a passing omnibus and cut. Another adventure Fanny told with great gusto. She got into a street weighing-machine, to ascertain her weight, and not taking her feet from the ground the proprietor caught hold of her leg to hold it up! In the Brooklyn cars Grace forgot herself and addressed her mamma as "mother!" They were recognized by some neighbour, who mentioned the circum-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-07-31

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Travel


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