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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 153, March 10-16, 1859

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Identifier: DX03324546

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 153, March 10-16, 1859

Description: Regarding news that Mort Thomson is wooing Grace Eldredge three months after his wife Anna Thomson's death.


[Frank Cahill] didn't see him [Fitz James O'Brien]: was about with Alf Waud a good deal. [Frank] Bellew got fined $5 for assaulting the Irishman. He had been drinking with the Judge over night! Now for an unpleasant entry. Mort Thomson is going to marry Grace Eldredge, Fanny Fern's daughter — is wooing her; that pretty innocent child-wife of his [Anna Van Cleve Thomson], not three months dead yet! I suspected the affair during my last Oxford Street visits from his sitting up with Grace after we had retired, with other little indications, but wouldn’t think of it otherwise than as a remote possibility, to be recognized in decent time. Now, however, it has become tavern talk. Being at Howells with [John A.] Wood (F. Leslie's Wood) [A.F.] Banks and another, Wood broached the subject with some little comment on the haste of the affair. (It appears Mort & Grace have been seen promenading together in Broadway &c. Everybody knows him, of his wife's recent death, and the comment naturally follows.) Well Banks began to defend Mort after an odious fashion. Was he, a young man, in health and vigor to remain in celibacy &c x x wasn't it better than going to Mercer St? x x Of course I knew nothing about the affair, whether probable or not before then. But at heart I felt disgusted with it. Its her [Fanny Fern's] doing — the mothers. The girl is well enough disposed, thinks Mort a kind fellow, no doubt, and, also, wants to be married. Her Brooklyn life has half-bred a

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-03-16

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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