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were wooing a waitress in a Lager Bier
Saloon.     Respect for Haney, if Nast was una-
aware of his claims (which I doubt, for he is
an intimate at the Thomsons , and they suspect-
ted Haney s liking for Sally, long ago, and
doubtless talk it over) might have taught
Nast better, if there were any teaching him.
But how little of generosity and fair play is
shown by those wiser than Nast in the passion.
Matty in her limited way, I think, resents
this competition for her less pretty sister, while
she herself has only young Honeywell playing
suitor, whose intellect she can t rate highly,
let him be ever so  goodnatured  a Charley.  I
believe she is Sally s confidante, (though Haney
is not sure of this) as, also, that she would
esteem persistence and further wooing after a
rejection, a meanness.    Haney is a little grati-
fied by this, as I can see.     Matty is of a
simpler, straighter, less complex nature than
her sister: her notion of lovemaking would be,
say what you want and get your answer sans
refinements.    No very strong intentions underlie
her actions; she is best behoved when you
don t let her perceive that you are over sensitive
about her regard.   Neither of these girls are
easy at heart; they want to love and to be loved
worthily, as all women do.     Sally talks about
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and thirty-six
Description:Regarding Sally and Matty Edwards.
Date:1859-11-13
Subject:Edwards Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Honeywell, Charles; Nast, Thomas; 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.