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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 239, October 24-26, 1858

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Identifier: DX03603266

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 239, October 24-26, 1858

Description: Regarding a story told by Fanny Fern about her father Nathaniel Willis.


24. Sunday. With [Jesse] Haney to Brooklyn. [James] Parton's. Grace [Eldredge] in bed, not well, the others as usual. Sol Eytinge had sent an invitation to them yesterday, to keep up his birth-night. They have met at [Mortimer] Thomsons. After dinner took my departure and to Hampden St. "Chips" [Anna Thomson] quite well again. Saw little [Thomas] Nast's sletches of the fight [between John C. Heenan and John Morrissey] — very good ones. To [Frank] Pounden's, and by 8 back to New York. A dank, raw, moist day and night. To [E.H.] Chapins — another man preaching — anon to Edwards.' In one of the evening papers there's a column and a half of Autobiography by old Nathaniel Willis, father of N. P. [Willis] and "Fanny Fern." She, showing it to me, added the verbal anecdotes. One, that during her mother [Hanna Parker Willis]'s last illness, Fanny's first husband [Charles Eldredge] paid for the medecine, which her father — a wealthy man — demurred to do on account of its cost. The other; subsequent to his wife's death, he removed her artificial teeth and sold them. The dentist, says Fanny, told of it! He — the elder Willis — is a very religious man.

25. Monday. To doctor. Drawing on wood. Writing. Out in the afternoon for an hour met Wurzbach — he's left [Frank] Leslie's. (He’s so long-faced, is Wurzbach, thast he looks like a horse.) Writing at night till 10, then out to Honey's with [William] Leslie. [Frank] Cahill pretty constantly occupies [Bob] Gun's room at night, my Scotch namesake being worse accommodated.

26. Thursday. Finished letter to Mrs Church. Did drawing on wood. Out to Post Office &c. Evening went to Mrs [Celina] Jewells. They are going to sell off furniture on Monday next and to go to boarding again. Mrs [Cornelia] Sexton's amiable husband [Francis C. Sexton] has been transferred from the Tombs

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-10-24

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Artists
19th century


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