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             A Hint in the Shape of a Question.
note from Sally, accompanying a book,  Ledbury, 
retained by her since the Grafton Centre days.
It had this postscript:               On Tuesday eve-
ning, I was most agreeably surprised at receiving
a most superb bouquet, it was left at the door
quite anonymously, directed o me.  It is to your
delicacy and generosity that I am indebted? 
  Probably the gift of Nichols, her Saturday
night s companion.   Did the girl think and
does she wish I were the sender?     The thing
gave me a curious sense of affection and pain
throughout the cold, miserable, though sunny
afternoon.    I am so weary and lonely now
that I cannot but be doubly sensitive to a girl s
liking.    It s no more, though my disavowal
of any passion for her may have set her think-
ing of me in that light   perhaps as an ex-
periment.   There are girls of whom it is easier
to suppose them capable of building up a romance
about a man than Sally.         Her very freedom and
boldness towards me forbids the supposition.
Why should I feel pain, then, about this incident?
Because the girl may be lonely, not too happy and
sorely in need of some one to love her dearly.   Han-
nah might know my feelings without blaming
me.      God love both of them!   will they ever
meet, I wonder?                      To Hought s house,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page sixty-two
Description:Describes a note from Sally Edwards, asking if Gunn is the one who sent her flowers anonymously.
Date:1860-10-18
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hought; Nicholas, John G.W.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-04-26

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen
Description:Includes descriptions of attending a lecture by J.H. Siddons on Queen Victoria; seeing tightrope walker Charles Blondin perform; boarding house living; his freelance writing and drawing work; visits to the Edwards family and his friendship with Sally Edwards; a visit of the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII of Great Britain, to New York; his work as a reporter for ''The New York World;'' a visit to a dog fighting establishment; an evening spent at the 4th Ward police station awaiting 1860 election returns; and Gunn's experience as a correspondent for ""The New York Evening Post"" in Charleston, South Carolina, in the aftermath of South Carolina's secession from the federal government.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Civil War; Elections; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Police; Publishers and publishing; Secession; Slavery; Slaves; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Charleston, South Carolina
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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.