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less painful to experience, when you have been
getting up the kindest big brotherly feelings towards
them.     Haney who has almost known them from
baby-hood, who of late years had spent all
his evenings at their house, feeling the change 
of relations more keenly than I, who have been
now sparing of the indulgence.    Then, too, what
ever little romances I may build up about people,
(and men never cease to do so about youth and
beauty) directly I m removed from the fascina-
tion of intercourse, I have a habit of thinking 
down to the truth or what I take to be the truth.
He has been too much with them, the which I incli-
ned to, but resisted of late.     Matty helped me
to un-angelify her, which, in a big brotherly
way, I was a little inclined to, by little develop-
ments, showing that she rather presumed on her
beauty, could be guilty of little rudenesses, and,
worst of all, had a spice of the damned Yankee
habit of imagining and resenting trifles.    Sally, being
less pretty, thinks less of her own consequence.   For
Eliza, she s too young, almost, to be  counted in.  (Sally
is 18, Matty 16   or 16 1/2, I ve mis-stated the age of one
or both, heretofore.)       Well, the discovery comes
hard upon Haney, who really had a right to more
consideration; though he said and I agreed
that the plague of the thing was the girls were
right and we   old Fools!!       He wore such
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page fifty
Description:Regarding the Edwards girls growing up and their behavior towards Gunn and Jesse Haney.
Date:1859-07-10
Subject:Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

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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.