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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 176, April 10, 1859

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Identifier: DX03343323

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 176, April 10, 1859

Description: Regarding his opinion of Fanny Fern.


[Mortimer Thom]son — and Jim [Parton] left to the tender mercies of that terrible woman [Fanny Fern] and her youngest brat [Ellen Eldredge], who promises to be dreadfully like her — God help him!

Another good comes out of this. Relieved of my anomalous position I can put her down in this Diarizing, as she really is. All the time I have been itching to do such a study thoroughly, yet ashamed of what I have got down, thinking it half villanous to "reckon up" one whose hospitality you are receiving. However neither myself or [Jesse] Haney would ever have gone to the house but for Jim — indeed both of us seperately, unknown to one another, declined being introduced to her before that unluckly marriage. I remember an evening with him, when I, over some lager, pitched into her anent "Ruth Hall" — just before the marriage too. Now, by her own act, I'm free of obligation, to add her complete picture to my private portrait gallery, and "Fanny Fern" is altogether too much of a type of woman of her own detestable sort to be omitted. Of course I'd never dream of any other retaliation. Here's an item to begin with. When indulging in ebullitions of her infernal temper she swears — could out curse Andrew Jackson. I had suspected this from introduction and a very rarely-dropt word or so. Saying to Haney that did I review her I could produce an oath of more from her, he laughed, as surprised, and asked how did I know she swore. I told him by induction. Then

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-04-10

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
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