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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 175, April 10, 1859

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Identifier: DX03342506

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 175, April 10, 1859

Description: Regarding Robert Bonner and Fanny Fern's anger about Gunn's article in Scalpel, which criticized the New York Ledger.


[punish]ment could I not tie her up [Fanny Fern] to? My omission of all notice of her writings and the only thing to be done, considering our mutual relations. I couldn't, wouldn't have praised them sans qualification: my knowledge of her forbade my telling the whole truth about their frequent atrocity. She was passionate enough to lie about me — saying I had often professed admiration for her writings. Now did I but choose to review her, in the next Scalpel; to carefully read through the whole of her books and to tell the truth about them, I could ———— well! No matter. [Dr. Edward H.] Dixon would let me do anything which promised to create a sensation — I might did I choose — but bah! would I! [James] Parton’s all right, of course, thinks I didn't say enough of [Robert] Bonner's liberality &c — a mistake, I'm sure, for I've praised him highly, but that's all. Altogether I'm the freer from the rupture. I was in a false position at the house, and am now in true relations with them. Sometimes it was pleasant enough to call there, but oftener I have felt like a hypocrite, an accessory to what I knew wasn’t what it pretended to be. In my heart and judgment I knew the miserable woman was bad, base and selfish, her writings like herself a sham, unwomanly and worthy only of their audience. Oh me! Though for Parton! When Grace [Eldredge], who is as good as she knows how to be, is married to Mort Thom-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-04-10

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
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