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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 62, July 20, 1859

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Identifier: DX03057830

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 62, July 20, 1859

Description: Regarding Mort Thomson's courtship of Grace Eldredge.



have had our stand-points bettered by her shifting of position, do. But Mort [Thomson] is shrewd and politic. Grace [Eldredge] has or will have money, too, in addition to the incitements of passion which Mort may be fairly presumed to feel for her. Mrs [Sophy] Thomson was greatly tickled by the "honor" of the proposed connexion, citing "Fanny [Fern]"'s ways as precedents for everything in the household, a little to [Frank] Cahill's disgust. She, wrapped up in her son, of course only sees in the union of Mort and Grace, his rise in fortune and the social position (?)The wooing seems to have commenced on January, the month after "Chips"' [Anna Thomson’s] death. Cahill has the same personal experiences of Fanny's proclivities towards passionate attraction as others; would, he says, on one occasion when Mort was kissing and embracing Grace in one parlor and he similarly engaged with her mother in the other, have been tempted to venture perhaps as far as she wished, but for sudden thoughts of Jim [Parton] and [Jesse] Haney. Touching her honesty he has come to much the same estimation as we have. Mrs Van Cleve, "Chips"' mother, is expected to visit the Thomsons, presumably to introduce as a candidate for the position of her deceased daughter her youngest sister — Chips' sister! Wheels within wheels! How funny and how melancholy it all is. Talk of [William Makepeace] Thackeray not understanding life and painting it truly!

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-07-20

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Courtship


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