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this letter from Haney.    He had left
it at the Pic Office, fetched it away again,
and I obtained it from Thatcher, next mor-
ning at the Nic-nax Office.    It is written on a
circular headed  Fun for the Million. 
   My dear Tom  
		    Sally gave me a firm but
gentle quietus on Sunday.  She did it very
kindly and very delicately, and as I had
made up my mind to it some time before I am
a good deal better than could be expected under
such circumstances.   What I want to ask of you
is not to allude lovers (sic) and their affairs
generally in our circle for some time.   I think
it gives them pain and am not quite sure
of myself.     I say them, for I think Mattie
is Sallie s confidante in this business.
			    Yours very sincerely
				J. C. Haney.  
  That Sunday evening (it must have been
the first of October)   I had dropped in at the
house, as usual.   I remember Haney hanging
his head, but as I walked home with him, no-
thing transpired of what had occurred.   His
letter is dated  Tuesday morning  ; I got it on
Wednesday.    Oddly enough, when Cahill told me
of Haney s having left and fetched away the let-
ter, I conceived some impression that it contained
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and twenty-two
Description:Regarding a letter from Jesse Haney to Gunn about his failed proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards.
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Thatcher; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


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.