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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 197, April 25, 1859

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Identifier: DX03353141

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 197, April 25, 1859

Description: Regarding Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage.


&c in the evening. Got an item of information from [William] Leslie, the other day, about “Miss Fisher” which might surprise one, if anything of the sort could be considered surprising about Yankee womankind. She had been married at the age of fifteen, is now a married woman, on her way to Indiana to get a divorce. Husband a bad lot, of course, “couldn’t keep her properly.” Always the kept mistress standard! The mother divulged this to little Mrs Eldredge and she told Leslie, subsequent to the Fishers’ departure, probably thinking that he was not disinclined to make an ass of himself with the girl, and that he ought to know the land lay. Fishers quotha! fishers of men! Mort Thomson called to day with intent to see [Jesse] Haney. He, the former takes the future Mrs T. [Grace Eldredge] and Nelly [Eldredge] to the play to night, Haney met them going thither while on his way to [James] Partons. Fanny [Fern] wouldn’t shake hands with him, pretending not to see his. This in consequence of the battle royal that took place last time. There is a much more terrible tragedy going on in that house than I had supposed. I fancied Parton, with his persistent faith in the goodness of humanity, believed in the woman, that he lived, for the most part, hood-winked as to her more odious characteristics. It is not so. He sees and knows all, experiences it day by day, hour by hour. His life is one horrible martyrdom. She is killing him, as sure as there’s a God

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-04-25

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Divorce


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