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	       Her Family Confidences.
resemble each other too much for much liking.
Jack stands first in Mrs Edwards  affections,
as is commony the case where a mother has but one
son (a woman, especially a clever one, is proud
of a man-child and reverences his sex.)  She loves
Matty, as the simplest-hearted, most dutiful, the
one whose capacity seems to need most affection, next.
Eliza stands third in the list and Sally last.   This
I have known before the girl s evidence confirmed it.
The position of the present family with respect to the
first one, helped to develop a latent antagonism
between mother and daughter.    Mrs Edwards, when
a Miss Sarah Leach, was governess in the family of
her predecessor who died in England, never coming
to this country.      Her husband s exodus followed a
decline of fortune; he married again in Philadelphia,
where all the present family was born.       Of course
there were disagrements, if not quarrels between
the mother-in-law and the daughters of her predeces-
sor.       Jim Parton once sided with the latter, perhaps
when he was in love with Ann, (who refused him thrice)
though he is now a strenuous admirer and champion 
of his aunt.         Well; Sally was suspected of siding
with her half-sisters against her mother, of  saying
things  against her.      Others interfered to produce this
impression, Jim Parton s sister, Mary Rogers being
distinguished in this way.   She is a little, clever woman,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and forty-two
Description:Describes a talk with Sally Edwards about her family.
Date:1860-08-10
Subject:Edwards, Ann; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Parton, James; Parton, Mary (Rogers); 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.