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	       Return to New York.
your object.   It set me watching you.   A pity,
Sally, that the same courageous little remarks
(I told her she was  a bold girl  once, and she
sometimes refers to it) should be equally effective
in Haney s case as in Nast s or Brown s. 
She denied having complimented the former into
liking her.       I went on with my preachment:  You
see the sensible fellows and the fools act very
much alike in the matter, though from different
influences.  The fools are birdlined by conceit
and vanity, in the wise are often quick
sympathies and appreciation of womanhood which
develops their sensibilities to the verge of downright
sentimentality.     Between the puppyism of youth-
ful suitors and the sad experience, purchased
at the expense of freshness of the heart if not of
innocence, of older wooers, it s bad for the
clever girls.      Sally had thought so too.   Back
to the Troy House and supper, anon aboard the
Francis Skiddy.        The boat did not start until
near 9, and we sat on the upper deck watching
the city and river until then and for two hours
subsequent to our losing sight of the former.  I
suppose Mort Brown had had enough of Sally 
for he certainly left her to me all the evening,
as did the rest of the party.      It was a perfect-
ly beautiful night overhead, innumerable stars
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and sixty-three
Description:Describes a conversation with Sally Edwards about her admirers.
Date:1860-08-17
Subject:Brown, Mortimer; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Nast, Thomas; Women
Coverage (City/State):Troy, [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.