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three, being the most moved.    What s the mat-
ter with him?  she asked me, shunning to ask him, 
I think for two reasons.     The first, supposing it
to be merely slighted friendship, hurt at the ir-
ruption of new faces, she dreads  a scolding.  
The second, supposing another hope has consciously
or unconsciously grown up within his heart   the
girl s maiden delicacy shrinks from asking, so to
speak, for a declaration.         The others are more
indifferent: Matty I believe thinking  he must get
into ^|good| humor again if he got out of it,  and Eliza
telling him, when at Grafton  they could do better
without than with him!   which Sally condemned.
Meantime Haney wants by persistence in his
taciturnity, to compel the girls to ask him, when
he meditates giving them, the three together, a
lecture on old friends and new.      Not even when
a lover comes in     he will say, fully expecting
red cheeks and stormy denials.                Thus
affairs stood when we left the house this night.
I, in reply to Sally s inquiries, didn t feel at
liberty to speak of, what I knew of Haney s feel-
ings, but spoke freely of mine, when I fancied
the girls were growing cold and gradually ignoring
me.    It touched her and she showed very kindly.
She had  no idea!  she said.    Well, feeling sorry
to see Haney glum and sitting to ther side of the
room, and I, as it were, jumped into his for-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and six
Description:Regarding Jesse Haney's behavior around the Edwards girls.
Date:1859-08-31
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

 

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.