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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 78, January 15-16, 1859

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Identifier: DX03263684

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 78, January 15-16, 1859

Description: Regarding a letter to the New York Ledger from a young man looking for advice for finding a vegetarian wife.

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of investing it for her &c [A.F.] Banks and he quarreled about a "lady-"acquaintance, whom O'Mana worked to keep Banks from — so he says.

16. Sunday. With [Jesse] Haney over to Brooklyn — a coldish sunny day, moist walking. Grace [Eldredge] only at home, Fanny [Fern] and "the maiden [Ellen Eldredge]" gone to [Henry Ward] Beecher's. Soon returned. Jim [Parton] left Washington nearly a week ago; has had interviews with Houston &c. Stayed all day and night, Mort Thomson, [Edward] Wells and [Frank] Cahill coming in the evening. Mort looks graver and, they say, talks strangely at times, but I was glad to see him behave, comparatively, as usual. We all wrote letters to Jim, at Fanny's suggestion, assuming extreme drunkenness in composition, and I made an imaginary inebriated sketch of the party. The funny character of many of the letters addressed to the Ledger being talked of, Grace fetched a batch, which Mort looked over, culling some for perusal. One was especially ludicrous; written from a young vegetarian who wanted to find a girl of similar principles. He stated that his attentions to divers young ladies met encouragement, that one of them had professed herself willing to conform to his dietary crotchets, but he distrusted her persistence. Would she, he asked be likely to "turn into a wolf behind his back and Gorge in a Great Bloody Bone"!!!! In which dreadful contingency he would be sure to smell her six yards off, and would not be able to kiss her until she had taken, at least,

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1859-01-15

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Vegetarians
Diaries
Women

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