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	A leading Question.
I said,  and then its so amusing to see how
easily they are taken.   I talked of her way and
habit of saying pleasant things, and its effective-
ness, as the average run of girls stick to passiv-
ity; how men s approbativeness raises the adminis
trator of such delicious flattery into liking, which
may be easily increased; and advised her to keep
on, as it brought such peace and happiness and
self respect (?).  She said she felt  very wicked 
while doing it, insisting that I thought her  per-
fectly heartless,  and earnestly denying she had
ever attempted my capture, as I had intimated.
 Why it don t matter,  I answered;  I don t like
you any the less for it; but you know you did
try the pleasant things on me?    They were
in earnest and I was different.    x   x    I used
to say things that stirred her up so.     When?
When I talked to her before Nast s departure.
It wasn t so, now.    Why?   Somehow she was
changed   didn t feel so much as she used to.   Did
I ever hear what Jim Parton had said about
me, when he first knew me?    No.    That he
thought how a woman could love me.      Perhaps
one does,  I answered.         What, now?  said
Sally, thinking of Mary Bilton.     I would have
told her of Hannah, if the time had been one
for confidence.      The others left us together,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page seventy-four
Description:Describes a conversation with Sally Edwards about her relationship with Nicholas.
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Bilton, Mary; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nast, Thomas; Parton, James; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-04-26


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.