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grow.   He is after Sally and she knows it.
  I don t know that Haney didn t suspect me
of having some little game of my own pertinent to
the girls.   When I told him emphatically though
incidentally the contrary he said he wished he
had known etc.     This he repeated more than once.
Men are seldom generous and above board in love.
  Morris has been doing the amiable with little
Miss Maguire, who has also grown mighty friendly
with me.    They have confabs on the stairs or the
open space from which we emerge into our attics.
This Sunday afternoon I left  em sitting on a
big trunk, reading out of one book.  Or rather Mor-
ris was doing the elocutionary.        Morris has been
doing sub-editor on a paper just now burst up.
He is very amiable and kindly, but captions and
common-place, will make piddling puns, and has
an extremely good opinion of himself.  I admire
especially his expecting, as it were, that things should
be made easy for him in the rough and tumble of
New York journalism.    He must be introduced here,
mentioned there and all forsooth on the strength
of certain K. N. Pepper  pomes,  two thirds of the
merits of which consisted in bad spelling and oddity.
(Well said old Johnson  Nothing odd is permanently
popular. )   What popularity they had died out
long ago, was swamped by the herd of imitators.
Anon, when my Courier articles appeared, Morris
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and fifteen
Description:Regarding the literary expectations of James Morris.
Date:1859-09-17
Subject:Boardinghouses; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Maguire, Sarah Louisa; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); 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.