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Matty.         Found Haney in my room,
just back from Philadelphia.  To Edwards 
by 9 or half an hour earlier.   Got to writing
scraps of sense and nonsense with the girls,
keeping up a brisk fire with all three of them.
Presently Matty and Eliza sung at the piano.
     I mustn t go there so often.  I m too happy
there.   I m getting to feel lonely when I stay
away.           Haney had a sort of explanation
with Matty.  She is more downright and simple-
natured than the others; wants fair play and
doesn t shrink from explanations, not thinking
what they may lead to.        Walked home with
Haney, and for half an hour about the past
midnight streets afterwards.
  7.  Wednesay.   Down town by noon.  Got my
$5 at Courier Office, where I met Haney.  To
Pic, to Nic-nax office where I saw Dunn English.
Met Gayler, Smith (of the Courier,) Cahill,
Shepherd and John Wood at Crook and Duff s.
Up town with Shepherd.     Mrs Lee, Mrs
Wall s sister at dinner.      Working till midnight
and past it, writing hard and once drawing.
  8.  Thursday.   Writing and drawing till din-
ner.   Haney up.   Down town to Pic Office, return-
ing with Cahill. (He wouldn t walk on the crowded
side of the way, fearing meeting the Edwards girls.)
He met their mother the other day and says he
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and ten
Description:Regarding his happiness when visiting the Edwards girls.
Date:1859-09-06
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; English, Thomas Dunn; Gayler, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Lee, Mrs.; Shepherd, N.G.; Smith, James L.; Wood, John A.
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.