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	    My t te   t te with
in her quiet, characteristic manner.   When
I spake of matches in which the wife was in-
tellectually superior to her husband, and there-
fore unhappy, she hinted doubt of it, glancing,
I am pretty sure, at her own mother.       (A
girl of 19, who has got to domestic speculations
of this sort, has gone far   perhaps developed
her observation at the expense of better qualities.
But Sally is not her mother s favorite, (I think
because she most resembles her) and the girl
is alive to the fact.     Mrs. Edwards likes the
simpler-natured Matty best of her children.
To return.)   Sally is evidently bent on carry-
ing at her intention, if she have not already
accepted little Nast.     I told her this evening s
confidence would prevent my acquaintanceship
with Miss Sally Edwards ever being carried
over to the account of Mrs. Thomas Nast, as
she d inevitably tell her husband of it, it might
be before he assumed that title.         She said
no and professed obligation in such a calm
tone that I told her if she repeated it, I 
should infer the direct reverse, when she lau-
ghed.        Altogether I came out perhaps feeling
less interest in the business than at the com-
mencement.      At that age, when a young
girl is naturally rife with feeling and gene-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page fifty-four
Description:Describes a conversation with Sally Edwards about Thomas Nast.
Date:1860-02-13
Subject:Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; 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.