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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 23, July 4-6, 1856

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Identifier: DX03634738

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 23, July 4-6, 1856

Description: Describes his first visit to Fanny Fern and James Parton's new house in Brooklyn.


stoop, [William] Levison operating as chief pyrotechnist, and his wife [Mary Levison], and others assisting. I have thought very unjustly of the couple. To my room — oh, so lonely at heart, and finished letter.

5. Saturday. Post Office, [Thomas] Bonars, Picayune Office, and much of the time in restaurant with [Jesse] Haney, [Frank] Bellew and Wurzbach, and anon, only the two latter. Uptownwards, meeting [Antoine] Baudoin. By 5 to Brooklyn, per omnibus and car, to visit [James] Parton. The house is a pleasant, handsome one, situate behind Washington Park, from the eminences of which you have a noble view of the city of New York. “Fanny” [Fern] gave me a pleasant welcome and showed me over the house, and then Parton came in. Some fellow in Philadelphia has published a cookery book attaching Fanny Fern’s nomme de plume to it, and both Parton and his wife were in a feeze about it. Oliver Dyer goes on to Philadelphia to-morrow with an injunction, they have, to day, procured. We supped in the front basement, with Fanny’s daughters [Ellen and Grace Eldredge], and a handsome but silent young lady [Louisa Jacobs]. Then I walked to the Park and hill with Parton, returning to the parlor, Fanny and Dyer, who had [word crossed out] arrived. Stayed till 11 or later, getting back to [132] Bleecker Street past midnight.

/ A letter from home this day.

6. Sunday. A letter from Dillon [Mapother]. He tells of a month’s passion for a pretty young widow, which

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-07-04

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Fourth of July


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