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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 52, December 24, 1858

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Identifier: DX03142061

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 52, December 24, 1858

Description: Describes attending the funeral of Anna Thomson, Mort Thomson's wife.


and of him [Mortimer Thomson] we observed [James] Parton hurry by in a carriage, with another, as it proved or a clergyman. Arrived at Hampden Street and observing no vehicles at the door, we not wishing to appear too soon, took a turn or so about adjacent streets meeting by the way Scranton, who, I think, is a relative of the Thomson family. He requested [Jesse] Haney to caution friends to avoid condoling with Mort, even by a word, intimating that he thought if not spoken to he might go through with the solemnity, but otherwise, would break down. The poor fellow, it seemed, was dreadfully cut up. Said Scranton, "He put his arms round my neck and cried for half an hour, when I came." Scranton leaving us, we, some fifteen minutes afterwards, went to the house. We found Parton & two or three men in the passage; and a good many women in the parlor, in the centre of which was the coffin where lay the poor girl [Anna Thomson] whom I had last seen there in comparative health and beauty. The upper portion of the lid was removed, as usual, and flowers covered the rest — Fanny Fern’s work. She was there with Grace [Eldredge] and Ella [Eldredge]. I also fancied that I detected the features of Allie — Eytinge, if not Josey [Winship], and was right in both particulars. Everybody kept silence, the only subdued sounds proceeding from the arrival of other visitors, or some persons going up or coming down stairs. Of the men I knew, there appeared [Ed] Underhill, Ottarson, [John] Mc Lenan, [Charles] Gaylor and little [Thomas] Nast. [Frank] Cahill came from above, once or twice, where Mort and his mother [Sophy Thomson]

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-12-24

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Death
Funeral rites and ceremonies


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