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	            Sally tells me
then to the Troy House, anon, for a stroll to
the hill overlooking the town, consistently named
Mount Ida, on which stands a University.
Mort Brown walked ahead with Matty, I with
Sally.    During the past three days I had been
rallying her on her Blanche Amory practice with
young Brown, which had amused me not a 
little and her more.       She paid him neat little
compliments with quiet, calm audacity, chaffed,
laughed and talked with a pretence of admira-
tion for him edifying to see.      He responded by
a few speeches, supposing everything in earnest,
but warning her against  inadvertent captivation 
as Mr Weller has it.       During this walk with
Sally she gave me the whole detail of it and its,
this morning s culmination.       Did he propose?
I asked.      Oh! no! bless you, quite the contrary
  he fancied I was in love with him!    He had
told her he was quite accustomed to such conquests,
that he didn t believe in love and seriously inform-
ed her that he wasn t to be had!           He narrated
his successes, said he had three or four daguerre-
otypes of girls, procured under promise of giving
his own, which he didn t do.      What fools they
must have been!  commented Sally.   Upon my word
you are very complimentary to my friends!  says
he, going off into a little gallop..       It must have
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and sixty-one
Description:Describes a conversation with Sally Edwards about her behavior with Mort Brown.
Subject:Brown, Mortimer; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Women
Coverage (City/State):Troy, [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.