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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 205, April 28, 1859

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Identifier: DX03359694

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 205, April 28, 1859

Description: Regarding his enjoyment of Fanny Fern's article about him in the New York Ledger.


Found only Mrs [Sarah] Edwards and a brother-in-law of Parton’s [William Rogers?], [Jesse] Haney, the girls [Eliza, Matty, and Sally Edwards], Jack [Edwards] and Mr [Edward W.] Serrell having gone to the theatre. [James] Parton in for fifteen minutes, from a look-in at the theatre, also. Waited till the return of the party, stayed half-an-hour, then with Haney back to [132] Bleecker Street. A pipe in his room; talk of things in general. The Thomson’s [Mortimer and Sophy] are getting very tired of [Frank] Cahill, whose habits are only spasmodically reformable. Mrs Edwards, too, has heard of them and spoken to Haney on the subject. To bed past midnight, or rather to Lot 19, that being chalked on my bedstead. Let me not forget to chronicle that “Fanny [Fern]” (bless her!!) has pitched into me in the Ledger, or to subjoin her article. I bought the number to see [Robert] Bonner’s attack on [Thomas] Mc Elrath, Haney telling me of it. He didn’t make the application of Fanny’s article. I caught sight of it while having a pipe, just before turning in to bed, and would wish no better revenge on the writer than her witnessing how I enjoyed it. All the portion about crowing on the strength of her acquaintance is simply lies, though I dare say she believes it. I suppose my Restaurant articles in the Pic are squinted at, toward the beginning. The notion of the “far-off worshipper” being repelled by the “ill-bred pigmy” (who is 5 feet 10 3/4 high!) is emphatically rich! Of course I’m a pigmy intellectually and morally, means Fan. For the “soliciting favors” that’s a lie, in allusion to her having written an article on my

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-04-28

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
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