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      Speculations   and Wrong Ones!
fully mature age for unwedded women in
this premature country!)   has said Yes
wilfully, without love at the back of it.
If they marry, after the first flush of selfish
happiness (the inception of which shows so question-
ably) his inherent nature will develop in a man-
ner hardly calculated to content Sally.   She is
reticent by habit, in spite of her confidences with 
me; she tries to become more so, from distrust
of people; she will not gratify him with enough
manifestations of affection to satisfy his master-
ful proclivities, nor has he cleverness, depth
or sensibility enough to teach her to love him.
Like almost all women, she is not large na-
tured and catholic; she will apply the foot
rule to his actions, punishing him by silence
and dissatisfaction, which he wont bear well.
He is not quick-hearted and sensitive enough
to appreciate her pretty ways and muliebriety;
a coarser woman would satisfy him better.
Then, too, his notion of domestic economy will
conflict at innumerable points with hers.  Though
her home isn t an affluent one, these girls have
been reared to liberal instincts, not subjected to
the parsimonious economies prevalent in an igno-
rant Deutchen household, where the mother is
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page ninety-five
Description:Regarding the engagement of Thomas Nast and Sally Edwards.
Date:1861-04-14
Subject:Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Nast, Thomas; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-01

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, boarding house living, visits to the Edwards family, Mort Thomson's engagement to Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Eldredge, Frank Cahill's return to New York from London, Frank Bellew's dissatisfaction with living in England, Thomas Nast's engagement to Sally Edwards, the scene in New York during the departure of the 7th New York Regiment for Washington, attending the wedding of Olive Waite and Hamilton Bragg, a visit with Frank Cahill to the camp of the 1st Regiment of New York Volunteers and the 2nd Regiment of New York State Militia on Staten Island, the death of Charles Welden, and his reporting work.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.