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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 17, June 1-30, 1856

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Identifier: DX03629625

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 17, June 1-30, 1856

Description: Describes his visit to Fanny Fern and James Parton, where he encounters Walt Whitman and Oliver Dyer.


“Ruth Hall,” is a light haired, dogmatic, conceited man [Oliver Dyer], addicted to talking in a damnably opinionative man. Walt Whitman is six feet high, nearer forty than thirty, I should say, very much sunburned and rough handed. He is broad in proportion to his height, has a short, partially gray beard and moustache, and a neck as brown as a berry. His face is very manly and placid. He wears a wide brimmed low crowned felt hat, a rough, loose coat, striped shirt (with perceptible red flannel one under it,) no vest, loose short pants, and big thick boots. Thus accoutered I find him lounging on the sofa beside Fanny Fern, his legs reposing on a stool or chair. She is, as usual, very brightly dressed, never in precisely the same costume as the one you last look on. [James] Parton seated in an arm chair, in short, brown, loose in-doors coat, white pants and low shiny shoes, listens, leaning forwards to Walt’s talk. Parton has a thin face, sallow complexion, acquiline nose and darkish hair, which he wears rather long. One of his eyes, too, has a peculiar expression which I take to be partly wall, partly strabismus. He looks a student. Dyer will probably be sitting ‘tother side of Fanny, perhaps with his arm resting on the sofa behind her. In the rear, Fanny’s elder daughter Grace (Eldridge) will be reading. She is a tall, fair haired girl of 16 or so, with an innocentish face, — very fond

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-06-30

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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