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                     Mutual Relations
shop; Jim Parton, Haney, Nast, Knudsen,
Honeywell, Wells, the Pillows, an Englishman named
Starr, George Edwards and the rest.  The girls
looking nice as usual; Matty adorned with presents
from unknown Caliornian brothers-in-law, as brace-
let or rings, with rose-red cheeks and smooth
brown hair, very good-humored and pretty.  Haney,
being blindfold, caught her twice.    I dropped a
word of comment on the incident to Sally, being
willing to ascertain whether she had observed
how things tend and whither.   She answered
decisively enough:  I don t wonder, under the cir-
cumstances.  You remember what Doesticks said
on his lecture?       It was an intimation, to me, 
direct, of Haney s refusal by her.   I think Sally
showed lack of generosity and delicacy in the
remark, but I could not help reflecting on the
fact which it stated.   Haney, thoroughly despising
the coarseness of Mort s advice, has unconsciously
taken the first steps towards adopting it.    There s
no friendly feeling  twixt him and Sally, not yet,
I suspect, mutual confidence between the sisters.
No doubt it s hard to be generous and considerate
when personal interests are at stake, yet
I could wish Haney were not so clear-sighted now
to Sally s sharper qualities, that she were not so
shrewd in perceiving that whatever amount of real
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page seven
Description:Regarding a comment by Sally Edwards referring to her refusal of Jesse Haney's proposal.
Date:1860-01-02
Subject:Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George, Jr.; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Honeywell, Charles; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm; Nast, Thomas; Parton, James; Starr; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Welles, Edward; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of the New York literary Bohemians, visits to the Edwards family, the activities of London detective Arthur Ledger who is staying in his boarding house, Thomas Nast's courtship of Sally Edwards, two masked balls at his boarding house, a visit to Lotty Granville at Fordham, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, and a visit to the ''Phalanx'' in New Jersey with George Boweryem.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Detectives; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Fordham, New York; New Jersey
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.