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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 167, November 8-11, 1855

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Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 167, November 8-11, 1855

Description: Regarding his thoughts on Fanny Fern and her book, Ruth Hall.


lager together, talking first on the lecture, and then of "Fanny Fern." (I had seen her in his [James Parton's] company, on the first night of the lecture, when, she appeared to me, an anxious [word crossed out] looking, [word crossed out] woman.) He told me she had expressed a wish to be introduced to me, having noticed me in his company. I talked as I think about that bad-hearted book "Ruth Hall," and he spake of the Willis blood as being bad, but of her, with a leniency springing from personal intimacy.

9. Friday. Writing to my mother [Naomi Butler Gunn] and sisters [Naomi and Rosa Gunn] all day long. Down town to dine. Saw Sol Eyting in at Wurzbach’s in the morning.

10. Saturday. Writing close all day, save during the time I went down town in the afternoon, to Post Office, looking in at the Picayune Office, and seeing [Jesse] Haney on my return. ([William] Levison came in too.) Found the Frenchman [Antoine] Baudouin in Wurzbach's office on getting back, and he afterwards came in mine. Looks somewhat sleeker in face than in [177] Canal Street days, and has just arrived here after eighteen months sojourn in France. Writing till 12.

11. Sunday. By 1 1/2 to [Matthew] Whitelaws, and after an hour or so persuaded him and his wife [Kate Whitelaw] to go for a walk, Hobokenizing. The day, (like the two preceeding it,) a lovely one, sunny autumnal, and mild and regretful. We kept along the river's side to and the Elysian Fields, which were strewn "thick as Vallambrosa" with the dead brown leaves. Returning at dusk, which occurs at 5, now, had a meal at [204] Spring Street, I quitting them at 8. To Bleecker. Haney and W Waud

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-11-08

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Women
Women authors
Books and reading


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