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Horizontally crossing her forehead fair,
Midway between the eyebrows and hair.
A handsome nose, a mouth not small,
Nor large, but simply what you d call
Reticent, still, satirical,
With just a little latent curl,
Of the upper lip.  Not every girl
Boasts such a shapely, dainty waist;
A lover s arm around it placed
Would linger there.   Hair, dark and brown,
It might be thicker on the crown,
(That by the way.)  Indefinite eyes
Of the light-gray order, but various dyes
Are blent within them; eyes which I
Think I know clever women by;
Not handsome, nor yet of uncommon size
  Nothing in them to incite surmise
That three or four very different men
Have looked within them, again and again,
Till looking grew longing, and longing, pain,
Because they coveted, and in vain,
In those eyes  mirror, some day to see
A husband s face.      Well, candidly,
You d not have thought it.    It would be
Of pretty Mat a likelier story;
Looking at her you d easily guess
She d caused heart-twinges more or less;
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page two hundred and thirteen
Description:Poem of Gunn's composition about Sally Edwards.
Subject:Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Poetry; Women
Scan Date:2010-05-04

 

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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.