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wholly cut off from the family.    Papa Ed-
wards on meeting him at Haney s Nic Nax Of-
fice, at first wouldn t observe and then was cool
to him.          Poor Cahill!  I know that none
of his emotions are very permanent, that he has
been foolish and worse than foolish    but I felt
sorry and sympathetic for him.    The thought of the
girl s sweet face shining in upon his unwise and
impure career which drifts him along, he knows not
whither, must deepen its gloom, now and then.  How
bitter, that  it might have been  to him, poor, 
shabby and almost characterless!     I, knowing sadly
that it was of no avail, encouraged him to let the
flame burn, hoping it might consume worse matter
and purify his soul s atmosphere.    At the same time
I told him my estimate of the girl, almost from an
older point of view than I have attained.    He thinks
Haney suspects him of some such passion, erroneously
fancying Sally the object, who, supposes Cahill, will
be Mrs Haney, one day.   Shouldn t wonder.   Its
next to impossible that he, longing for a wife and a
home as I know he does   as I myself do   should
have looked in, day after day, and evening after eve-
ning, on that pleasant trio of girl-hood without some
personal hope growing up in his breast.    Cahill, un-
justly harboured a mite of suspicion that Haney was
not unwilling to see him out of the way.  This I set
right.              To further complicate matters, little Nast
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page sixty-five
Description:Regarding Frank Cahill's feelings for Matty Edwards.
Date:1859-07-21
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Edwards, George; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Nast, Thomas
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.