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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 86, November 2, 1860

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Identifier: DX01338087

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 86, November 2, 1860

Description: Relates the story of how James Parton left his wife, Fanny Fern, heard from Jesse Haney.



From his [Jim Parton’s] Wife [Fanny Fern]

was at 745 [Broadway] on Tuesday night, staying unusually long for him [Parton]. When [Jesse] Haney alluded to it, he answered, with a shrug of the shoulders. “An experiment!” “A peaceable one?” inquired Haney. “I don’t know how it will turn out.” “Well,” said Haney, “persevere! you know the anecdote of the man whose liver wouldn’t stand a glass of brandy, and who tried more brandy!” Jim laughed and the conversation terminated by his entreateding Haney to visit him on the next evening. Something prevented this. Yesterday, or on the day preceding, Fanny came to 745 and had an interview with Mrs. [Sarah] Edwards. Jim, it appeared, cleared out on Wednesday morning. The presumption is that on his overnight’s return home, there was a tremendous row — one exceeding the ten thousand of others he has been subjected to in violence — wherefore he has abandoned the abominable cause of them — Haney hopes finally. Jim’s book being now finished, thinks Haney, makes the break off possible. Parton was afraid of her burning his M.S.S. — she has done this before, or threatened to do it. No imagination can over-conceive the violence of her hellish temper, it is simply selfishness inflamed into insanity; Jim has lived in hell ever since that ill-advised marriage — that wintry morning when I met him at the be-

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-11-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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