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	             All about It.
been a funny scene, young New York having the
tables turned upon him by this singular, clever
girl.      She told him he wasn t a bad-looking fel-
low, that he  dressed nice,  and it was a pity
he shouldn t know better than to suppose &c., &c!
She says the opening of his eyes made him uncom-
fortable, he knew he had been  made fun of.    When
she put in one of her neat little compliments, he
replied  Come, now! no more of that!          He ll
try it on Matty, now,  added Sally,  and get on
better,   she ll laugh at everything he says.    I
rallied her on Mort Brown s inevitably conclu-
ding that she had set her cap daringly at him,
but finding it a dead failure, resorting to the ex-
pedient of affecting a joke; and improvised his
probable way of narrating it to a friend.         I
suppose I oughtn t to do it, and that it s very
wicked,  said Sally,  but its so amusing.    You
can t help it!  I answered, with a reference to
Thackeray s remarks about little Fanny Huxter,
nee Bolton, which I had, one evening before, silent-
ly pointed out to her,  a clever girl finding
out how easy it is to snare any man must prac-
tice: when you encounter one, be it a Haney or a 
Mort Brown   anybody   you want to see if you
could have him!  You did it to me you know
and I liked it and inquired mentally what was
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and sixty-two
Description:Describes a conversation with Sally Edwards about her behavior with Mort Brown.
Date:1860-08-17
Subject:Books and reading; Brown, Mortimer; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Troy, 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.