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and dangerous, unless on the surest
grounds, have produced the determination
which Haney at first respected but now
distrusts.     He thinks he may have been weighed
in the balance against others, and doubts Sally s 
capacity for affection.  The girl is not happy; 
would, he thinks, have accepted him once or twice
since her rejection, had he asked.   Talking
with her one night, which I propose to write
more of subsequently, she pointed out a pas-
sage in  Vanity Fair  to me, where it is as-
serted that a m woman, if not hump-backed
can marry any mans she chooses, asking me if
I thought it true.         I told her yes, of the
majority, who take up matrimony as Falstaff
says Colvill did treason,  because it lay in the
way and he found it,  and sometimes of others
barring one thing.      When he loves   of  has
been in love with    (I didn t catch which)  another, 
said Sally.    She took the meaning instantly.
  Now for Mort s lecture.  Subject  Pluck, 
rhyme of his usual sort,  Doestickian , and
most of the couplets desperate candidates for the
ortheopedic hospital.   I, Haney and Matt went
together, Nast and Jack doing dead-head in ano-
ther part of the hall, little Thomas  modesty
deterrming him from taking a seat in the plat-
form with the presenters.   Jim Parton, Grace
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and thirty-two
Description:Regarding attending a lecture by Mort Thomson as Doesticks.
Date:1859-11-13
Subject:Books and reading; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Lectures and lecturing; Marriage; Nast, Thomas; Parton, James; 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.