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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 79, August 6, 1859

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Identifier: DX03071136

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 79, August 6, 1859

Description: Regarding Frank Cahill's alleged affair with the Mortimer Thomson's wet nurse.

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story for the Picayune. He [T. Hamilton Vananda] is a thin spare, young, black-haired fellow, claims a Southern origin but looks Irish and his breath stinks horribly. Second week of this fine acquisition copy was wanting, of course. I suggested to [Frank] Cahill should continue the story, which he did, scribbling off a chapter in my room, nocturnally. Since this he has become pretty familiar with [Bob] Gun who is a very good-natured fellow, and for the last couple of months, has dropped spreeing. Cahill has a pretty sharp lesson this time, but it won't change his character. His small lyings hint that he has commenced a course of minor [Fitz James] O'Brienisms. You can't help a man on this sort; he's too weak to stick together. My suspicion as to his affair with the wet nurse of Mort Thomson's has become surety; indirectly he let out the truth himself, putting two or three circumstances together, it became absolute verity. He's afraid that the Thomson's have discovered it. There's a spice of suspicion that he has babbled to the Thomsons of the Edwards' dislike to Fanny Fern to whom it would be immediately conveyed, of course, by Mort's mother [Sophy Thomson], who toadies Fanny. This and a letter from Jim Parton's sister [Mary Parton Rogers], which Fanny found in her husband's pocket and read, are the foundation for a late characteristic Led-

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1859-08-06

Type(s): Diary
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Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries

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