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	On the eve of Nast s Departure.
in the world, he would find there were other girls
in it.        I doubted the continuance of his passion,
if a year of absence intervened, when it must be
fed by no more than letters.      That pecuniary
success, which I predicted for him, often in-
creased the self-esteem of ignorant men, when
they were capable of becoming arrant despots,
none the less so because they had hertofore been
obliged to repress their egotism, or to modify
it by an alloy of humility.     That woman s wit
didn t always rule in such matches; that al-
ways it was a dangerous experiment for a woman
to intentionally select one her inferior, believing
that his affection for her might put a ring in
his nose, by which she could lead him through
life as tenderly as asses are.         With more of
the same sort.    Finally I advised her to let
him depart, herself uncommitted; if his pas-
sion held trial, well, if not, not.
  Sally listened pretty calmly.  I think her
cheeks flushed and her hands trembled once
or twice, but the former is often the case with
her.      She was good humored, non-committal
 as I expected   and discussed little Nast
with a coolness which she certainly could not
have maintained, had she any real affection
for him.      Well?  she said, more than once,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page fifty-three
Description:Describes a conversation with Sally Edwards about Thomas Nast.
Date:1860-02-13
Subject:Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; 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.