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	              Sally Edwards.
rous sentiment, to see this meeting and measuring
and calculating,  will he do?  or  will he not?  of-
fends one s sympathies.         She inquired about Nast s
fitness, too, of Haney, even after she had rejected
him   an indelicate and cruel thing.    She ll take
her own course, have Nast without loving him
(unless absence set him  flopping  elsewhere, as it
easily may) and take her chances.               I m sorry
to say that Mattie and Eliza are jealous of their
sister s lover; Eliza the least, as furthest removed
by age.    But doesn t this always occur in fami-
lies between sisters?     between all women?
  Maybe Sally knows what she wants well enough,
maybe she is of arid nature and can conceive
no or needs no deeper affection than Nast can
offer.     Haney was betrayed into his passion by
a sort of sympathy, he knew she was not so
attractive personally as the others and resolved
she should have, at least, one admirer.    If she
felt anything on rejecting him, it was of very
temporary nature.         Her absence of affectation
of feeling is curiously characteristic.       When I
told her that if any fellow of superior intellect,
decent personal appearance, &c. were to become
her suitor, he d cut Nast out, she admitted
he  might.              How difficult, if not im-
possible, it is to avoid accrediting young girls
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page fifty-five
Description:Regarding Sally Edwards and her suitors.
Date:1860-02-13
Subject:Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; 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.