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tion or prospect, yet with some contradiction
he spoke of an intention he had formed of tel-
ling Matty he loved her in the proposed summer
trip which was to include all of us.    He kept
a flower she gave him for a long time and spoke of
its destruction as a bit of heroism on his part.   He
has a little bit of a note of her writing, of which
he showed me the signature  Mattie Edwards  in an
odd, little, neat upright hand.     She, through Nast,
sent him a message to the effect that he was  real
mean  for keeping away, which evidently gratified him.
His abstinence is however half-compulsory.   Mrs
Edwards heard of his getting drunk and dissipa-
tions, besides which Fanny Fern visiting her, said her
say about Cahill, wherefore he owes her no love.
Mrs E. asked Parton and Haney, the latter of
whom made what defence he could for the fellow,
urging that shutting him out of this one good house-
hold might only accelerate him downwards, while
still permitting his visits might help to reform him.
A weak but kindly argument, to which the mother of
innocent daughters responded as became her. (Haney
once, by the bye, says Cahill, talked of introducing
Arnold to the house, which information gave me some
thing like a shock.    Arnold is good-looking, eminently
social and    I fear, unscrupulous.)     Since then,
Cahill, partly moved by deserved distrust of his
reception, partly for lack of good clothes, has been
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page sixty-four
Description:Regarding Frank Cahill's feelings for Matty Edwards.
Date:1859-07-21
Subject:Arnold, George; Cahill, Frank; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sarah; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Nast, Thomas; Parton, James; 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.