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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 54, December 24, 1858

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Identifier: DX03244326

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 54, December 24, 1858

Description: Describes attending the funeral of Anna Thomson, Mort Thomson's wife.


Most persons did, except [Jesse] Haney (who could not look on [William] Levison’s corpse.) The lower part of her [Anna Thomson’s] face was covered (for a reason which will appear presently) the forehead looked squarer and more prominent than in life — perhaps the dark hair had been parted further back. Fanny [Fern] stooped down and kissed the dead, cold face and I liked her for it. (She has been all that is kind and womanly in the house, ever since the sad event.) They say, too, Mort [Thomson] and his mother [Sophy Thomson] did the same, though that I did not stop to see. The carriages awaited us, I entering the one with Fanny, Grace [Eldredge] and Haney. ([James] Parton had to go to New York to welcome his brother in law, [William] Rogers, from Rochester.) Off we went at a pretty brisk pace to Greenwood, through the sunny, chill, pleasant afternoon, so full of light and life. How well one will remember its peculiar aspects in the future! To be following that pretty, kind, innocent child-wife and mother to the grave thus. It seemed, somehow, unfeeling for us to be living on and, in due time, forgetting her. From Fanny I learnt all about it, confirming and amplifying Haney’s particulars. The birth had been successfully accomplished and the doctor dismissed, ere danger was apprehended. It proved a remarkably expedited labor, too, which, they say, is not always good. Mort had been cheering her up, talking with her, and she, previous to her pains coming on, had kept walking up and down at their solicitation. Once, when the birth had commenced,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-12-24

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Women
Funeral rites and ceremonies


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