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of his opinion of her, searches about for
reasons for the same, being altogether tossed about
on a sea of incertitude, from which he has
taken refuge in the harbor of renunciation.    Sally
was sick, kept her bed for three days and more
subsequently, Blakeman attending on her.   This
prevented her from accompanying Haney, Mattie
and myself to Mort Thomson s  versified lec-
ture,   the particulars of which I ll shortly put
down, as its delivery more or less influenced
certain of the listeners.     Sally does not love Haney
I am sure, albeit her consciousness of his intel-
lectual superiority to others of her wooers, his
long intimacy and extreme (though not altogether
unselfish) regard for the family might have in-
duced his acceptation, but for her fear that
his affection would be exacting, would demand
more than she can give in return.   There she
is right enough.    Had he not played sulky
anent our Fourth of July business and the
Grafton Centre ruralizing, had she acted simp-
ly from girlish instincts, it would have been
a march.  But his knowing them from childhood
added to a natural habit of playing pedagogue
(which I ve heard him admit) combined with
Sally s reading Thackeray, her habits of reflec-
tion, convincing her that it might be a very
real responsible business, this of marrying,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and thirty-one
Description:Regarding the relationship between Jesse Haney and Sally Edwards.
Date:1859-11-13
Subject:Blakeman, William; Books and reading; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); 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.