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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 195, January 9-10, 1856

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Identifier: DX03989968

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 195, January 9-10, 1856

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


brown hair worn protruding out rather pretentiously, brightish eyes and a high color, (which may be natural.) She [Fanny Fern] looked infinitely better, thus by lamplight than when promenading Broadway, when she always dresses very loud, and to my thinking appears haggard. She was gaily attired now, having on a brown satin dress, with more than one ring on her fingers. Her frock was cut rather low in front. She talked with much animation, her voice possessing a that slight Americienne drawl, which always impresses [word crossed out] me as affected, or spoilt-childish. The evening was a great success. [James] Parton looked pale, and wore gorgeous slippers. She called him “Jem” or “Jemmy,” he addressing her as “Fanny.” There was considerable rallying on the suddenness of the match, she taking occasion to intimate that it must not be considered as affecting his bachelor friendships. We partook of milk punch and every body talked. “Fanny’s” daughter [Grace Eldredge] is a tall grown girl, nearly as high as her mother. She said nothing, standing listening. After an hour or so we came away, rather gleesomely, [Jesse] Haney convinced “the match wasn’t so bad,” after all, and talking laudation of matrimony. Returning to basement found Sol [Eytinge] as wont “knocked” and melancholic — partly on account of a sick brother, partly his own look-out in life. Out with him for oysters.

I’ve my theory how Parton’s marriage came about.

10. Thursday. In doors all day, till evening, when round to Abbotts and got $3. Called on [A.F.] Banks. He is patching up at a peace with [Fitz James] O’Brien, and now lauds him

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-01-09

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Clothing and dress


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