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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 55, December 24, 1858

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Identifier: DX03245132

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 55, December 24, 1858

Description: Describes the circumstances of Anna Thomson's death after giving birth.


he [Mortimer Thomson] injudiciously put his head in at the room door, when she [Anna Thomson] became so excited, that nature instantly suspended her functions. They, very unwisely, too, drank her health afterwards, in the room, and that of the baby [Mark Thomson]. She laughed and said "Now drink the fathers" — with which they complied. Some hours afterwards appalling convulsions came on and Fanny [Fern] was sent for between three and four in the morning. Mort hurried off for a doctor, knocking up more than one who had the inhumanity to refuse to come — Fanny says this a not uncommon case with the class here. When she arrived at the house a doctor was there, Mort drenched through with rain and misery, and poor "Chips" suffering horribly. Fanny took charge of her, stayed by her till all was over. The convulsions were dreadful — in her agony she bit through her lips and tongue. Poor child! poor child —— Mort was not present when she died. Fanny says that shortly after death the dead girls face looked "heavenly." [Frank] Cahill who had heard of the death came over, and proved himself as he is, despite social shortcomings, a thoroughly kind-hearted fellow, in caring for Mort. Grace [Eldredge] alluded to a characteristic thing about him. On this funeral morning he was going about in great tribulation, to find Mort's boots, wanting to black 'em that he might appear all right. Others came too, who for any practical use, had better kept away — Allie Eytinge to wit. The Thomsons has been very unfortunate with Sol [Eytinge]’s wife and her sister [Josey Winship], living not far from one another. Mort's innocent wife and good-natured

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-12-24

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Death


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