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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 143, August 10, 1860

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Identifier: DX02744936

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 143, August 10, 1860

Description: Describes a talk with Sally Edwards about her family.

Transcription:

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[James] Parton’s Sister.

with much of her [Mary Rogers’] brother [James Parton]’s tendency to extremes of opinion and sentiment, but in her, it is feminized into narrowmindedness. If she dislikes anybody, she can see nothing but evil in them, and being a clever, shrewd woman, can put that dislike into sharp sentences. Withal she never doubts but that she is actuated by the highest motives, or distrusts her own infallibility. Jim she thinks highly of; taking command of him, and consistently hating Fanny [Fern] for doing the same. When she visited them in New York she was all affection to her brother’s wife, after the feminine fashion; when she returned to Rochester, she wrote that celebrated letter which produced a tremendous rumpus and was replied to by Fanny in the Ledger. Mrs R. had advised her brother to overhaul his “Katherine and Petruchio” and to act on the latter’s example! Jim read out, aloud, some agreable [sic] portions of it and Fanny, very much flattered, went to his coat pocket, to get the whole letter, in order to answer it, doing a little of her pen-and-ink philoprogenitiveness for the benefit of sister-in law’s three children. I have already chronicled the result. This Mary Rogers, then, was at the pains to write her aunt, Mrs [Sarah] Edwards, a clever letter denunciatory of Sally [Edwards], which the girl had perhaps provoked by one to her enemy, who in-

coverage:Grafton, New York

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-08-10

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Women

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