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the elder does a little sarcasm at the other s
expense. / Haney has been hurt a good deal and
suffered from it.      The frustration of a long cherish-
ed hope, the development of new and not pleasant
phases of character, jealousy   for there is and must
be something of that   of one so much his inferior,
the suspicion that the girl is content to whistle him
down the wind to take up with one on the lower and
meaner grounds of assurance of queening it over him
  all these things have been fermenting and seething
miserably enough within him.     Some of his evidences
seemed cruelly pertinent.        Sally, after the rejection,
asked him what he thought of Nast; in effect whether
Thomas would  do.        This betokened lack of feeling,
not to say selfishness.        On the memorable Fourth
of July excursion he, Haney had strayed off alone
among the trees and mountains with Sally, he  in
an absurd state of happiness  at the propinquity,
when she contrived to end it by slipping off and
re-joining Nast.     That must have been bitter enough.
Haney acknowledges ^|his| error in playing pedagogue, as
I termed it, but with a strong gush of feeling
anent the girls power over him, which I could well
understand.    He should have trusted to teaching
her to love him after avowal; women make infinite
progress in affection then, when they recognize love
and intellect in their teacher.             My judgment of
Sally is that she will become a rather sharp-tem-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and eighty-three
Description:Regarding Jesse Haney and Sally Edwards.
Date:1859-12-20
Subject:Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Nast, Thomas; 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.