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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 194, January 9, 1856

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Identifier: DX03989075

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 194, January 9, 1856

Description: Describes his first visit to James Parton and Fanny Fern after their marriage.


9. Wednesday. To [Frank] Leslie’s again. Returning, and to writing “Phisiology.” A Letter from Philadelphia. In the evening to the Delancy House, corner of Broadway and Waverly Place, there to visit [James] Parton and his wife [Fanny Fern], in accordance with an invitation I had through [Jesse] Haney. The night was piercingly cold, my mustache all ice hidden in five seconds after my stepping forth. The snow carnival in operation, and sleigh bells jingling along Broadway. The apartments occupied by the newly wed pair are at the top of the hotel, four stories up. She resided there before; he has quitted his old Waverly Place room. The hotel is a stylish one, servants about on the landing places, gas and warmth every where. I found the company — consisting of Mr and Mrs P, a daughter of the latter’s, Colonel [Hugh] Forbes, and Haney (who had preceded me by half an hour,) assembled in a neatly furnished room, with new desk, sofa, a rocking chair or so, and adjoining it an alcove where was a bed. We soon however adjourned into another room, more luxuriously fitted up. A neat open stove kept wherein a fire was blazing bonnily kept up a pleastant warmth, there were oil portraits (I guess of “Fanny’s” two children [Grace and Ellen Eldredge],) and everything was very snug and tasty. And now to pay respects to the goddess herself after describing the shrine. Haney sat at her right side, on the sofa, I in easy chair at her left, Parton near me, and Forbes, in his plain gray suit, and look of a true gentleman-aristocrat-republican-soldier, opposite. “Fanny Fern” is, I suppose, upwards of 35, has fairish

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1856-01-09

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
19th century


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