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	        Sally on Matty.
her policy of men-interference in all of these af-
fairs, but I do not doubt that she would pre-
fer Nast for a son-in-law.             Sally s
first serious admirer Truman Bonesteel, was
very much in earnest, stricken from the first.
When he came first to the house, to a dance
one evening, at which I was present, he request-
ed his sister to introduce him to Sally, singling
her out.    The girl commented, more than once,
with real surprise and a jot of contempt, at his
not preferring her prettier sister.      Matty had
on such and such a frock  she said,  and she
did look lovely; it was just the tie when her
face had that bloom upon it   you remember? 
(I did and do, very well; Matty has been
far prettier than she is.)   Sally admires her
sister s beauty, admitting a spice of jealously
so frankly that it proves there s little of it.
I think women can be enthusiastic in praise
of the faces of their own sex, contrary to the 
common opinion that always makes them blind
to such.            Bonesteel went to California in
love with Sally and at the last advices, was
not yet recovered.    I remember his going off;
he kissed the girls formally in the passage, which
they hardly liked, or Jack either, though  as he
was going away  they didn t want to hurt his
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and fifty-one
Description:Describes a talk with Sally Edwards about her first admirer Truman Bonestal.
Date:1860-08-10
Subject:Bonestal, Miss; Bonestal, Truman; Edwards, George; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; 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.