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	              A happy Day.
feelings by objecting.     Like Nast, Bonesteel used
to lie in wait for the girls when they took their walks
abroad, as Sally discovered, from the evidence of
his sister.    He hadn t much in him, though, and
she ranks him just a little higher than Monroe,
her fourth suitor, whose manners and pretensions
were a current joke among the girls.     Haney s
mistaken impression that Nast was taken with
Eliza seems to have been shared by others; indeed
little Tommy did  carry on  with the girl; her good
spirits and downright ways making her sympathize
with his youth.     None of the three were a bit afraid
of him; a thing to his advantage.          Haney s posi-
tion and age, his secretiveness and lack of
demonstration, all told against him.
  Talking thus, and of much more, on we
rode, sometimes laughing merrily enough; I
for my part reciprocating Sally s confidences by
a good deal of what I know of the subjects dis-
cussed.    A more picturesque road, or a lovelier
summer s day could not have been.      How we
galloped through the hot sunlight, or walked
our horses under the refreshing shade of the road-
side trees! while the grand mountains rose
up to the right or left, stretching far away.
Once I got down to procure water at a pretty
house, on the door knocker of which was a name
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and fifty-two
Description:Describes a talk with Sally Edwards about her admirers.
Date:1860-08-10
Subject:Bonestal, Miss; Bonestal, Truman; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Monroe; Nast, Thomas; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Grafton, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

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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.