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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 31, June 26, 1859

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Identifier: DX02959342

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 31, June 26, 1859

Description: Comments on Jim Parton's belief that Jesse Haney might marry William Levison's widow, Mary.



He [Frank Cahill] tarrying outside. [Jesse] Haney and Rawson [Gill] in the former room. Rejoined Cahill and sat in the leafy Washington Square awhile. To [E.H.] Chapin's in the evening, then to Edwards'. In the Square again nocturnally with Haney. He has only seen [James] Parton accidentally in Broadway since our Sunday’s supper. I fancy there's just-past-a trifle of the [Edward] Wells-and-[Mortimer] Thomson one-sidedness in this friendship betwixt Haney and Parton. Haney believes in him wholly, has, since he went to school to him. Yet Parton got married on the sly, not communicating with his friend and believer. There is, too, something highly suggestive in Parton's apprehension, on [William] Levison's death, that Haney might marry the widow [Mary Levison]. I never told Haney this, or would. But it argues more than philanthropic persistence in belief in the inherent goodness of human nature and Fanny Fern, does Parton’s marriage, especially when coupled with the suspicion that another man might contract almost as hateful a union with a woman his superior in fortune, as Fanny was to Parton's. He knew what Mrs Levison was well enough, yet could suppose the marriage possible. I never did for a moment. I believe Parton was wearied of boarding-house discomforts, of compulsory celibacy or rather illegal indulgence. Better both than such a marriage. These considerations may appear to conflict with the other, generous

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-06-26

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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