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	  The Story of Nast s Passion.
knew!    A young woman, of generous impul-
ses would always be in danger of giving herself
away, out of sheer sympathy in such a case.  But
he never asked again and she abides in the con-
viction that they could not have been happy toget-
her.          Now about Nast.     Sally persists that
I don t do him justice, which, as I know he dis-
likes me and as I don t like him, is perfectly 
probable.   His  I love you    such was the literal
avowal   came in the way to this very house in which I write.
He told his passion in a very open, boy-like man-
ner, said that if Sally looked favorably upon
his suit, he would study, be inspired with ambi-
tion, do all sorts of things; that if she didn t,
he wouldn t care what became of him.  He had
had his head bumpologized and got a chart of
his character from Fowler and Wells, and
asserted that  he could love but once  when if, un-
successful, his prospects and happiness would be
incurably blighted.       He studied Sally s  chart 
too, attaching great importance to it.    He was gene-
rous in his behavior to the girls, fond of the
opera, very quick in acquiring things, improvable
generally, thinks Sally.         The girls schooled him
after their several fashions.      Sally told him how
to dress and behave, Matty, when he made a blun-
der in grammar or pronunciation, would
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and forty-seven
Description:Describes a talk with Sally Edwards about Thomas Nast's love for her.
Date:1860-08-10
Subject:Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Nast, Thomas; 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.