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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 218, May 2, 1859

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Identifier: DX03370357

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 218, May 2, 1859

Description: Describes a talk with Jesse Haney about Fanny Fern and her daughters.


and Jim [Parton]’s feelings somehow spared! Then would I give the world a detail picture of what it ought to know. It’ll be done someday! it must be! perhaps by some entire stranger to her [Fanny Fern], who will construct her out of her horrible books. If I ventured a prediction as to Fanny Fern’s future, it would be that she will die raving mad. Her hellish tempers with husband and children [Grace and Ellen Eldredge] verge on insanity now, sometimes. Here are other productions, of [Jesse] Haney’s. I put them down that they may be compared with the event. That there will be a deadly quarrel between Mort Thomson’s mother [Sophy Thomson] and Fanny, after the marriage. That there will be discord between him and his wife [Grace Eldredge]. That he will hate his mother in law. That mother and daughter will quarrel and hate with the hate of hell. All of which is over-likely to happen. Grace is as good as she knows how to be considering the bad Willis blood in her, has a far better notion of decency and propriety than her mother, but she is resentful of small things, prone to discover affronts in them, incapable of seeing that forgiveness is not mean, but beautiful and womanly, fickle, prone to the damnable exaggeration of act and speech of her mother. (Nelly is horribly, precociously like her dam.) I think if Mort had a stronger backbone to his soul than he possesses, if he cut his mother-in-law prompty on the marriage, he might get along pretty well with Grace. I verily believe the match enter-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-05-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
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