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	How Haney declared himself.
it in a letter to her and claiming it as his,
if anybody s right. (Rather a bad way to deal
with a woman!)     But he didn t mistake me
for a rival.      He was so undemonstrative in his
manner towards the girl, that she could hardly
believe the assurances of others who were positive
about it.     (At Mort Thomson s, Mrs T. and
Welles spoke of it as an  engagement  before Nast,
which  Tommy  disputed   of which more anon.)
When Haney avowed himself, partly influenced
to it, I think, by my counsel (I thought he was
letting less worthy suitors walk over the course)
Sally s surprise and confusion might have
misled him into a supposition of her acceptance.
One of her half-joking, half-daring advances
produced it; they were scribbling questions and
answers over the table when he spoke out seriously
in response to one of her admissions.  She didn t 
know how to look, ran up stairs, or something
of the kind.   On a subsequent evening he inquired
whether she had informed and consulted with her
mother.       (Mrs Edwards learnt it from Jack:
Sally told Eliza, not Matty, as Haney supposed,
in his note to me.)   For a brief time, Haney seemed
to regard it as an engagement, to look upon Sally
as his especial charge and property when the family went out to
the theatre &c.      I was present on one of these occa-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and forty-five
Description:Describes a talk with Sally Edwards about Jesse Haney's proposal to her.
Date:1860-08-10
Subject:Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Nast, Thomas; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Thomson, Sophy; Welles, Edward; 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.