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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 219, May 2, 1859

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Identifier: DX03371178

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 219, May 2, 1859

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


[enter]ed the head of old Sycorax [Fanny Fern] as she sat by the coffin in which poor Chips’ [Anna Thomson] lay. With what awful alertness she went to work on it. There was to have been a return party given at Oxford Street, to that of the Edwards’, and I remember going over with [Jesse] Haney present. Meantime Fanny had prevented them by a message to Papa [George] Edwards. No intimation was given to us of this, and we sate during half the evening expecting their arrival. Fanny dreaded competition with Grace [Eldredge]. Mrs [Sarah] Edwards smelt out this, to Haney’s intense amusement. Fanny talked of a return party in the new house, which never came off. She does nothing without a motive, and therefore suspects all persons of the same. A word as to her indecency of which I have dropped hints. During my frequenting the house, I, as others, have constantly been witnessing things I disliked. Then ‘twould have been treachery to have scored them down, now I consider myself free to do so. Anyone acquainted with her writings, by adding amplitude of expression to the worst parts of them, may conceive her ordinary conversation. She dresses immodestly, exposing her bosom, more than women generally do in ball costume. She makes smutty jokes. She compliments (!) male visitors by supposing them to be have begotten illegitimate children. (This she did to me more than once.) She encourages visitors to embrace her and to take

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-05-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
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