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	The Three Sisters again.
street, found the usual card-party in progress in
the Hayes  room, no Haney.       To 745.      Mat
opened the door for me, bade me in.    The girls,
their father, Nast, Polhemus and a young Phi-
ladelphian present.   Nast and Sally on the sofa,
as usual (rather let alone by the others), Matty
and Eliza at work upon new dresses at the table,
my chair, as it chanced, between them, Polhemus
fronting the lovers or near them, Philadelphia op-
posite papa Edwards, by the fireside   
where a cheery blaze made the room comfortable.
Talked war news and the death of young Ells-
worth (in common with all New York to-day)
anon chat with the girls.        Matty was very
pretty and good humored and Eliza not averse
to join in talk; the manner of both sisters
indicated that they were tired of being lookers-on
at the t te a t tes of their engaged sister and
Tommy.   Indeed Eliza hinted the general falling
off of visitors,  now the house had
lost its attraction,  when, of course, I inquired
who was dead?   I got along very well with both girls,
interchanging an occasional remark with Sally,
she addressing me first.          Tommy was red-faced
and I think occasionally hard up for conversation,
as I noticed intervals in which Sally sat silent
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and ninety-nine
Description:Describes a visit to the Edwards family.
Date:1861-05-24
Subject:Civil War; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Ellsworth, E.E.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Nast, Thomas; Polhemus
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-08

 

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.