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	       Scandal about Morris.
shouldn t can well conceive how the man, with all
his fine sentiment and amiability, might drift
into it   nay I can t very well avoid crediting
it, corroborated as it is by certain hints of
his being  deceitful,  and her having  found him
out,  which she gave me.                 I don t suppose
he used any specious arts to encompass the
weak and vicious purpose, as  squiring her to
places of entertainment, treating her &c, but
he asked her permission to share her bed.     He
is too timid and poor   perhaps too fastidious
to drain off his passions by such loose sluices
as Cahill and Bob Gun talked familiarly of
before him, yet their loose charter of life
has probably affected him to the attempting a
worse thing than they ever did.      The girl had
a great opinion of him,  he was so good  
not unaffected by the usual feminine look-
out towards matrimony, which he never thought
of, unconsciously supposing his intellect put
that out of the question.        Perhaps now, she
has more than secretly forgiven the attempt.
But it was a damned thing to do, anyway,
and what men who think poorly enough of
themselves morally, would never have dreampt
of!           So much for fine sentiments, continence
and weakness.          No real virtue but is based
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and ninety-three
Description:Regarding gossip about James Morris and Miss Maguire heard from Frank Cahill.
Date:1860-05-02
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Maguire, Sarah Louisa; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

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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.