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          And Opinion of Matty and Eliza.
on and exults:  Didn t he stand up for us,
though?   All the rest of the visitors she has no
opinion of   they are  froth  she says.      Sally
confessed, in answer to my inquiry, that it touched
her, that it was delicious to find this rough-hand-
ed, plain-spoken woman insisting on forming
another than the family estimate of her, not think-
ing her cold and unaffectionate, but a girl need-
ing love and kindness and sympathy.     And then
I thought how silly I was!  she added.          Matty
the maid would have liked, but for her at-
tempts at sarcasm, her face won upon the
girl, at first, as it does upon everybody.    She
had better drop that habit, or she ll make every-
body hate her and be miserable,  comments the 
Scotswoman,  nobody does like her but her mother
and John.              Indeed Matty s natural r le
should be that of a kind, pretty girl, nothing
more, nothing less, male listeners and lookers-
on would credit her with all the rest.  But there s
been so much of a stimulating nature occurring
in the family for the last year or two that, partly
in consequence, partly out of jealousy of Sally
she has been forced into a character which sits
badly upon her and affects others unpleasantly.
I have marked its growth myself.          Eliza,
the Scotch damsel likes pretty well, but says
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and six
Description:Regarding the servant girl working for the Edwards family.
Date:1860-11-13
Subject:Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Parton, James; Women; Working class women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-04-27

 

Volume
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.