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        My t te   t te with Sally Edwards
been eased of the latter but he certainly
wouldn t have liked me any the more, had
he known the nature of my communications.
First I discovered any partisanship, of which
she might have suspected me, at Haney s instance,
and told her my impressions of her being all
alone in grappling with the question; that Nast s
approaching departure from New York must bring
matters to a crisis, if one had not been reached
already.      That if she accepted him on on
higher grounds than his being  a good-humored
little fellow  who  only wanted a little kindness, 
she might commit a grave error, one produc-
tive of misunderstanding and misery to both.
I said I feared she was about to do this,
while fully aware of his intellectual inferior-
ity.     That seeing him only in the capacity of
a lover, she might know but little of his char-
acter.        That it was no great compliment to
her or evidence of perspicuity in him, who had
moved in the narrowest social horizon, never
visiting any house where there were eligible
girls, to fall in love with, that he should
within a month or two of his introduction be
 flopping  at her feet.       That there was a 
certain amount of indelicacy, not to say latent
presumption, in it.         That, let him get abroad
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page fifty-two
Description:Describes a conversation with Sally Edwards about Thomas Nast.
Date:1860-02-13
Subject:Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Nast, Thomas; 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.