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	        His mismanaged Suit.
sions   when we saw  Dot  at the Winter Garden.
Meantime it must be remembered that Nast was
a suitor and very much in earnest.         But Sally
hardly gave Haney what he designated his  quietus 
in consequence of her preference for his rival; as I
judged at the time his position was anomalous,
the transition from a friend of the family, who had
known these girls from their babyhood, to a lover,
was too great to be at once understood or regarded
as agreable.    Then he had played too close a game,
his reticence and undemonstrativeness were against him.
His  crossness  and perhaps jealousy had displeased
Sally at Grafton; she must have contrived these with
Nast s behavior.     She did not love Haney, certainly,
she distrusted their fitness for one another and her
own happiness as his wife.     Her sisters were not
in favor of it; Ann opposed it strenuously, saying
he was  too old.   (Rather a sharp-accented female,
Miss Ann, as women who have remained ten years
longer than they ought to without getting married are
apt to be.)       Sally, woman-like, resented Haney s little
pedagogish ways of lording it over folk, and especially
his taking her assent as a thing of course.   So he got
his dismissal, but he spoke so well and showed so
generously afterwards, particularly one evening,
that had he pressed his offer, she would have accepted
him.    She  couldn t have stood much of that, she
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and forty-six
Description:Describes a talk with Sally Edwards about Jesse Haney's proposal to her.
Subject:Edwards, Ann; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Nast, Thomas; Women
Coverage (City/State):Grafton, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29


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.