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(I wrote the following lines, which may
properly form a part of this record, in conse-
quence of the heroine asking me to contribute
something to her Album.       Haney and Welles
had, while  Tommy  furnished a drawing.
I offered to follow his example, but that
wouldn t do.     On my further representing,
half seriously, that I should write take her for
the subject and write something she wouldn t
care about admitting to the publicity of her al-
bum, of course her request was stimulated.
So I produced the following which didn t
go into the album and which will hardly
be completed.)

At the first glance you think her plain:
Look at her countenance again.

 Girlish and pleasant, that s all,  you say,
You see prettier faces every day.

Girlish and pleasant and slim and tall;
With a ready speech and a smile for all;
Her clear-cut profile, calm and fine,
Looking best in repose.    A curious line
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page two hundred and twelve
Description:Poem of Gunn's composition about Sally Edwards.
Subject:Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Nast, Thomas; Poetry; Welles, Edward; Women
Scan Date:2010-05-04


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.