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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 77, February 28-March 1, 1858

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Identifier: DX03465416

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 77, February 28-March 1, 1858

Description: Describes Fanny Fern's tales of her childhood pranks at Miss Catharine Beecher's school in Hartford, Connecticut.


[abom]inable cake of turnips, hair powder and other unwanted materials, carefully sugared over and decorated with flowers, for the purpose of sending it to a young man, how the girls hired a nigger to deliver it to him in his store, and to watch the result, how friends of his were present, and how he tasted it. How he retaliated by sending the girls oranges saturated with turpentine. How she, Fanny [Fern], used boldly to slip out and play truant for an hour or more, availing herself of the exit of "the French class" which she didn’t belong to. How she was caught at it by Miss [Catharine] Beecher. How she used to slip off from the tail end of the procession of girls promenading into confectioner's shops with "fellows." How a deaf and dumb Southerner fell in love with her, called at the school, wrote to her, used to sit telegraphing with the finger alphabet at church, and how afterwards he heard of his incarceration in a lunatic asylum. Somebody has sent her, through [Robert] Bonner of the Ledger, a box of chewing tobacco, named after her, with an imaginary portrait on the cover! There’s fame! She has, also, been pressed into service as godmother to a big Western steamer; which has recently blown up on the Ohio, and killed a lot of people, and to an old mud-scow! Stayed all night, sleeping on the sofa, in Jim [Parton]'s room. [Jesse] Haney, who'd been there since Saturday, in the next.


1. Monday. Back to New York with Haney. An hour or so at the Picayune Office talking with [Joseph] Woodward and [Robert] Gun, the Scotchman in [Frank] Bellew's employ. To [Benjamin] Day at the "Brother Jonathan" Office — Sold old "Lantern" cuts — my drawings — for $15. To [132] Bleecker St. [Fitz James] O'Brien up in Haney's room at sun-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-02-28

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Children
Ohio River
Women authors


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