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	        Out Riding with Sally.
while Jack caught the horse.   The brother and
sister returned at a walk.        Matt is more timid
and sits less securely than either Sally or Eliza,
the first of whom is really a good horsewoman.
Matty, too, once had a physical nervous affection,
akin to St Virus  dance, which made her limbs twitch
and tremble.      This perhaps she has never entirely
recovered from; or she is apprehensive of a relapse.
The girl is thinner, too, than she used to be, though
she doesn t look it.
  10.  Friday.  Out a-horseback with Sally, she
in riding dress, with Scotch cap and feather,
looking well and sitting her horse capitally.  We
took the Petersburg road, resolved in a good long
ride.      The day a glorious summer  one, some
times exceedingly sultry, the landscape beautiful,
hill, mountain, valley and wood, alternately.
Sometimes we galloped, sometimes cantered, or
walked the horses and talked.            Of how many
things did Sally and I talk in that five
hours ride?      I think I have, partly from ac-
cident, partly from interest, more of the girl s con-
fidence than any of my own sex.     Her position is
peculiar; shrewder, cleverer than either of her sis-
ters, having had more admirers (with deliberate
matrimonial intentions, too, she is less of a favorite
at home, particularly with her mother.   Indeed, they
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and forty-one
Description:Describes spending a day riding with Sally Edwards at Grafton, New York.
Date:1860-08-09
Subject:Clothing and dress; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Horses; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Grafton, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of New York literary Bohemians, Frank Cahill fleeing for England after spending money that was meant for ''The New York Picayune,'' visits to the Edwards family, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, a sailing excursion to Nyack with the Edwards family and other friends on the Fourth of July, a fight between Fitz James O'Brien and House at Pfaff's, witnessing a fire at Washington Market, the execution of pirate Albert Hicks on Bedloe's Island, an excursion aboard the ship Great Eastern, a vacation at Grafton with the Edwards family, his growing friendship with Sally Edwards, Lotty Granville's behavior with Brentnall and Hill at his boarding house, Frank Bellew's return to England, and visits to dance houses in the Fourth Ward with friends for an article.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Grafton, New York
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.