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               Pretty Matty and Eliza.
beside him, though he did better presently.
There was, however, a general air of mixed
recognition and indifference with which the girls
regarded him   as if, too, his little buffooneries 
had become stale.    He ventured on few of them
tonight; was not at all prominent.         Mat work-
ed and chatted, loosed the pretty girdle from her
dainty waist, measuring and pronouncing it twenty
two inches long   (one too many), half promised to
give it to me when disused, wanted to know
why I asked for it.      I told her as a souvenir
against the time when she wouldn t be friendly
with me, and got a big  Oh!  from beneath her
curls in response.         Jack appeared and anon
his mother and Ann.        Eliza and Matty sang
presently, at the request of Polhemus and Jack;
the latter enjoying his sisters performance with a
honest pleasure delightful to witness.        As Eliza
sat and Matty stood at the piano, and I 
listened to their dear, familiar voices, and fami-
liar songs, something of the old happiness, with
the undercurrent of pain   as productive of yearn-
ing desire for a home of my own and love and
domesticity and what not   stole over me.     I
thought, too, the scene had a kind of pathos
of its own,   these girls singing and waiting  
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page two hundred
Description:Describes a visit to the Edwards family.
Date:1861-05-24
Subject:Edwards, Ann; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nast, Thomas; Polhemus; Women
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.