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some revelation relating to the girls.   When
I got it I felt more moved than I had given
myself credit for   something like crying in fact,
from sympathy.   All day I carried the thought
about with me, presently, however thinking down to
the core of it.     On Thursday morning, Haney
called, we walked down town to-gether and he
made a clean breast of it.     It was only an ampli-
fication of his letter.    Sally  felt at times so much
like a child, at others so much a woman; she
had resolved not to marry at least for two years,
until she knew herself better.     She hoped he would
come to the house as usual, they all regarded him as
one of the family and would very much regret the
discontinuance of his visits &c.    He made inquiries
as to the others his rivals, Monroe, Wells and Nast
She confessed the truth of the allegation with respect
to the first and last, smiled as to the middle one.
Haney didn t learn from her that Nast had propo-
sed and rejected   I told him that.  Maybe my
former communications had their influence in indu-
cing him to take this step, as I half-hoped it would
with the expectation of a different result.   Yet
he said (perhaps thought) he should leave matters to
time.    He first became definitely aware of his passion
for the girl when they were all up in the country
together a year ago and more.    I think, as he
now knows, that he had played schoolmaster a little
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and twenty-three
Description:Regarding Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection.
Date:1859-10-26
Subject:Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Monroe; Nast, Thomas; Welles, Edward; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; 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 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.