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Easton appeared presently which with the fa-
mily made up a sufficient little party, manually
assembled to discuss proceedings on the approaching
 fourth .  We played vingt-un for counters (cheating
the bank when practicable) cross-scribbling, had
two dances, singing, sandwiches, ale and music.  Al-
together pleasanter and more successful than the
set-occasion parties where the feeling of responsibility
sometimes defeats it purpose.     The girls looked nice
as usual, Matty exceedingly pretty.   Pink muslin frock,
fair, smooth hair, delicately fair skin with rose-red
tinting the cheeks and kind eyes   that s Matty
Edwards at 15.      Sally, very pleasant looking,
knows more than her sister.        Little Nast enjoyed
himself hugely, as did all.   Wells did his fandango.
Broke up about 12.            I must put down Wells more
in detail.  He is an extreme type of a not uncommon
character, amiability whose immolation and self-sacri-
fice towards some object partakes of the feminine.
The story is that a love affair, terminating in the
girl s jilting him, or at all events marrying another
wooer, has tinged his whole nature.    Knowing Mort
Thomson from boyhood, his friendship for him 
verges on the morbid, manifesting itself in such minis-
trations as no man ought to offer to or accept from
another, as tying his cravat, cutting up his meat, 
brushing his clothes &c, all of which His Grace
of Doesticks accords, no doubt with real regard
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page twenty-eight
Description:Describes Edward Welles.
Date:1859-06-24
Subject:Easton; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nast, Thomas; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Welles, Edward
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.