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captious objection to Mrs Edwards way
of wearing her hair!     He did the same, with
an altogether objectionable and unendurable degree
of presumption, about Eliza.    I thought of
the girl s sweet, clear face and let out.   Less
than a week, ago, too, he goes and wants to take
her to the opera, saying devil a word about it
to me until I had learnt the rejection of the pro-
posed at the house.    I told him that they girls
weren t accustomed to such save with old friends
and he wasn t one.           Good intentioned no doubt,
but Haney and I object to having the fatherly, 
confidential, friendly, amiable business done with
any of these girls, nor are they the sort to suf-
fer it.      He was not justified in this advance,
on the strength of a gratuitous opera-ticket which
he got from the Courier, indirectly through Haney
and my positions  on it.      I took the girls  tickets
tother night, without throwing my company in.  Mor-
ris has been doing a little of the amiable business with
Miss Maguire, as with Lizzie Petit.  Latter s
fair game, enough and won t get any hurt from
it, but t other little girl is a little serious and
sad about it, hopes, I can see, that something
may come of it.     She got jealous about his pre-
sumed going to see Lizzie.      One wet night,
when Morris and Billington were going to the
theatre, I talking with the girls in the parlor,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and fifty-six
Description:Regarding James Morris's flirtations with Miss Maguire and Miss Pettit at his boarding house.
Date:1859-11-29
Subject:Billington; Boardinghouses; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Maguire, Sarah Louisa; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Pettit, Lizzie (Cutler); 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.