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	Matty and Eliza.   Girl s gossip.
Mort Brown didn t ask either of  em to dance, because
they had privately admitted that they didn t like him
as well as his brother; which, duly retailed in sisterly
aggravation by Josey, had set him  in a fever, on the
sofa all the evening ;   how Matty had been guilty of
a mild bit of slang and repented of it; of motto-kis-
ses and supper; what the narrators wore and what
the other girls wore; how Josey Brown was the pret-
tiest girl present (this with an air of refreshing abne-
gation and candor from Eliza); how they returned
home between two and three A. M., and much
more, agreeable to listen to, in spite of Ann s sage
 Do you think Mr. Gunn cares to hear all that nonsense? 
He certainly did, and thinks he must change very
much before such fireside prattle by pretty, good
and honest-hearted girls, delightfully retrospective
of healthy enjoyment, will not give him pleasure.
By 10 the girls said good night and went to-bed.
Stayed an hour longer with Mr. and Mrs. Edwards,
then departed.                  Of the portraits on the pre-
ceding page, those of Matty do her decided injustice,
that to the left being a positive libel.              Cahill
brought home two letters to-day, written by O Brien; having
to fudge up one as from  our correspondent,  using the
contents for the morrow s paper.   Both were written
in pencil, the first detailing the Blooming Gap affair
  with the narrator s achievements in due prominence
  the other endorsed,  In bed   wounded.   It told
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page fifteen
Description:Describes a conversation with Matty and Eliza Edwards about a party they attended.
Date:1862-03-05
Subject:Brown, Edward; Brown, Mortimer; Brown, Josie; Cahill, Frank; Civil War; Edwards, Ann; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; New York times.; O'Brien, Fitz James; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-14

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" in Virginia while traveling with the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular Campaign; the Siege of Yorktown; the Battle of Williamsburg; his departure from Alexandria on the steamer Kent; the ruins of Hampton, Virginia, after it was burnt by John B. Magruder; touring the gunboat Monitor; the death of Fitz James O'Brien from a gunshot wound; Jim Parton's temporary separation from Fanny Fern; and seeing Robert E. Lee's house in Virginia.
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marches (U.S. Army); Marriage; Medical care (U.S. Army); Military; Military camp life; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Prisoners of war (Confederate); Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Slavery; Slaves; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Washington, District of Columbia; Alexandria, Virginia; Hampton, Virginia; Yorktown, Virginia; Williamsburg, Virginia
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.