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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 58, December 24, 1858

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Identifier: DX03247549

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 58, December 24, 1858

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


touched innocence and purity. How Josey [Winship] behaved, if she came, this deponent knoweth not. Sol [Eytinge] wouldn’t come to the funeral — "he couldn't bear to be present"said Allie [Vernon]. I know his sensitiveness to such matters, half feeling, half selfishness. We reached Green-wood in due time, and the coffin was enclosed in a rough shell at the portal of the receiving place, most of us standing round while this was effected. Mort [Thomson] must "buy a lot," pending choice of which, the body [of Anna Thomson] remains here. A row of compartments, like berths in a shop, only placed transversely on either side of a widish passage, not underground, though, I think, unlit. Seeing the coffin deposited we all passed out, Mort putting his hand out of the carriage to shake Fanny [Fern]'s, as we passed to ours. Off we bowled again, through the sunny, chill afternoon. It seemed cruel, to leave the poor dead girl, all alone there, in that channel house, though I liked to think of the trees and sunlight round about it. Apropos of the baby [Mark Thomson], it is a boy, a fine, thriving healthy one. Mort has not seen it — will not. When Fanny spoke of it as an inducement for him to rally and live —— ah! How characteristic of a woman to think that argument unanswerable! — he said it had cost him too much. In fact, only the mothers love new born babes; with the father it is an after feeling, one that comes of culture, civilization. To him its a strange little creature, one that he may be proud of, but don't understand. I recollect getting a bit of insight into this from Alf Waud,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-12-24

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Cemeteries
Funeral rites and ceremonies


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