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pered, not to happy woman, that she
will rule her husband.   It might have been
better and happier for her, had she married Ha-
ney.   Methinks little Nast would be soon thrown
over now, did a more eligible suitor appear.     He
is coarse-natured, though good-humored   the
latter being three-fourths composed of approbativeness.
He is very ignorant, but industrious and thriving.
Sally knows all this, and knowing it ought to
calculate consequences.     Matty s simple way
of looking at things is honester.      She thinks: Why
can t people just say what they want, get their an-
swer and have done with it.   Her intellect is of
no great depth, she thinks so, confesses it, but
she is not silly   good praise for a girl, poor as
it looks.   I m sure she is kind and good, though
Heaven knows how these qualities would stand the 
wear and tear of daily life.     They may merely ap-
pertain to youth, girl-hood and acknowledged
prettiness.    Indeed its impossible to think of her
without reference to her face   that sweet, house-
hold face of hers!         Its not beautiful, not indi-
cative of half so much as Eliza s gives promise
of,   just pretty, that s all, but so very pretty
that to look at it is to sigh to think it must
be changed by Time and Sorrow.    Oh me! that
ever girl s dear faces should be marred by them!
Shall we meet those who have loved and remember-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and eighty-four
Description:Regarding Matty and Sally Edwards.
Date:1859-12-20
Subject:Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; 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.