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	       Sweet Sally Edwards.
other hues blend in them; not handsome eyes but
characteristic.       Looking at her full face, many
persons would pronounce her a homely girl,
though her generally fair skin and a certain
delicacy of aspect and complexion might very
much modify that decision.        In repose I
have thought her handsome enough, always so
in profile.         Her mouth is very expressive,
not too large or small (better the former than
the latter) with just a little, latent curl in it,
calm, girlish and satirical.      Slender in figure,
generally drest in perfect taste, possessing tact
above any of her age that I have known, clever,
self possessed, prone to saying  pleasant things 
with a quiet audacity singularly refreshing,  
that s Sally Edwards.     She used to give way
to fits of temper but seems to have attained
self-control, now.    It comes easier to do as you
go on persevering!  she says.          She was a
 disagreable child  on her own confession   and un-
popular with mother and sisters, I fany.         I
was despised!  she told me with a laugh and
a peculiar accent common to the family which
I have learnt to like.             I don t think you
used to like me until just before we went into
the country,  she said, some recollections of my
suspicion that she was projecting accepting Nast
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page two hundred and fourteen
Description:Describes Sally Edwards.
Date:1860-09-03
Subject:Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nast, Thomas; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, 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.