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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 227, May 8, 1859

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Identifier: DX03377749

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 227, May 8, 1859

Description: Regarding Sarah Edwards and Fanny Fern's dislike for each other.

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Grace [Eldredge]. Sometimes Fanny [Fern] is civil to Jack [Edwards], sometimes invisible. She has always entertained a distrust and dislike of the Edwards' family, instinctively knowing that they could not be but antagonistic towards her. Two women more inherently averse to each other couldn't exist than Mrs [Sarah] Edwards and "Fanny Fern." I am pretty sure, too, of a special incident which may have put a keener edge on Mrs Edwards' hostility. [James] Parton was supposed to have done a little philandering with Anne Edwards, the eldest daughter of the family, (who recently kept school at Elizabethtown in Jersey and is now at Norfolk, Virginia,) a match between them having been not improbable. His unfortunate intimacy with Fanny marred this. With most other men the woman would have failed in the characterestically coarse game she played. They would have preferred continuing the peculiar relations which I am sure existed between Parton and her to a marriage with a divorced wife and one of most inenviable notoriety. Hence Mrs Edwards is doubly "down upon" Fanny, detesting her as a woman and an authoress, and as one who has cut in and spoiled the hand of her one related to her by marriage a quasi daughter, for she Miss Anne is the result of papa Edwards first marriage. I don't blame Mrs E. for it. As long as girls who don't get married have such a melancholy look out in life, all good

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1859-05-08

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Women

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