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	         A Night on the Hudson.
gemming the gorgeous firmament, a delicious breeze
blowing and the grand old Hudson lovely as
ever.     And I and Sally sat conversing on many
things; religion, and death, and immortality among
them.      And, somehow, I told her the story of my
love-affair with Mary Bilton, the first clear
confidence of that sort I ever made.   It s an
old, dead-and-gone love now, and I might speak
of it.     For the better passion that has replaced
it, that s my earnest-eyed Hannah s secret, as
well as mine.   There s no fear of mistake in my
relations with Sally, nor am I puppy enough to sup-
pose she would wish seriously to mistake them.   She likes
me because I speak truth to her, because she
thinks she can learn something of me, perhaps
because I understand and sympathize with her
position at home.    Like many self-contained peo-
ple she has deep feelings, let them be touched.   Here s
an incident, suggestive enough.    On the morning of
our long ride together all the others wrote home.
Last night comes a letter from paterfamilias, with
 we have recieved letters from all of you, except
Sarah.         It was Sarah, not Sally, she remarked.
They had not said a word about having written.
I question if the unmerited rebuke didn t disquiet
the girl s breast throughout the day.             What
the rest of our party supposed from my monopo-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and sixty-four
Description:Regarding his relationship with Sally Edwards.
Date:1860-08-17
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Bilton, Mary; Edwards, George; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Women
Coverage (City/State):[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.