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          Sally Cooling towards Nicholas
with his first wife   how she (who has been
dead twelve months) adored him.   Her kins-
folk object to his liking for Sally.      They
are; she says,  hard-looking, silent people  
he spends occasional evenings with them, when
not a word passes.        He doesn t care much
about his child, thinks Sally; he went to see
it but momentarily, when it was sick.   On
her telling him that he was  the most incon-
sistent man she knew,  it hurt his self-
esteem hugely.    He has talked of going west
to forget her.          Another case of Bonestal, 
I said, which brought out an acknowledgement
that that victim still remembered her, in
letters written to his friends.    Nicholas knows
Nast as his rival.            Questioning her about
prepossessions, engagements &c., and getting
a characteristically feminine answer in,  No-
body who comes to the house,  he jumped
at the possibility implied in it and learnt
the truth from Eliza, who is rapidly assu-
ming the position of Sally s bottle-holder.
The rivals have as yet met but once, Sal-
ly with more generalship than candor, keeping
them to alternate evenings and to some ex-
tent to the same arrangement on afternoon
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and eighty-nine
Description:Regarding a conversation with Sally Edwards about Nicholas.
Date:1861-02-24
Subject:Bonestal, Truman; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nast, Thomas; Nicholas, John G.W.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-05-20

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen
Description:Describes 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, including a conflict between A.H. Colt and Mr. Woodward, a visit to Sullivan's Island, John Mitchel's tale of assisting with the lynching of an abolitionist, attending a celebration in honor of Benjamin Mordecai, Will Waud's arrival in Charleston, the scene in Charleston the day the ''Star of the West'' was fired upon by the Morris Island battery, pistol and rifle practice with various Charlestonians, a rumor in New York about his having been tarred and feathered in Charleston, a visit to the quarters of the ''Richland Rifles,'' witnessing a slave auction, and a visit to Colonel Bull's home.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; 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.