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too much towards them.  Knowing them
from infancy, catering for their amusements,
and being general fac-totum produced this.
But when fresh faces came in, and different sorts
of incense was offered on the girls  altars, this
was hardly politic.         Though I sympathized
keenly with Haney, more I suppose than he gave
me credit for, on thinking it over I came to the
conclusion that Sally s right.     It s not well to
let mi-lord ride over the course uncontested.  All
of us are overprone to slight too easy winnings.   I
hope the girl will be his wife, and believe it yet.
He was a good deal hit yesterday, hinted that
he had got drunk   unsentimental enough, but
what many men do and will do for all time.
Sally has come clearly out of the trial of rival
wooers, I never knew a girl who got less damage
to her nature from it.   Nearly all of them sink
amiability in it, that amiability which is as
much a matter of youth and habit as a real
characteristic.     Haney says he introduced the
other fellows that the girls might have choice. I
had thought that with an addenda   that their
mother naturally wanted  em to find husbands
on this side of the American continent, to avoid
their sisters  fate, transportation to California
with that object.        I told Haney I had sus-
pected him of a wish not to have my company
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and twenty-four
Description:Regarding Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection.
Date:1859-10-26
Subject:Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; 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.