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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 118, July 26-27, 1860

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Identifier: DX02733097

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 118, July 26-27, 1860

Description: Describes a Fourth of July incident involving Mr. Rees.



Somebody’s Dignity Outraged.

[Jesse] Haney, on the back stoop, where we sat and talked to the occasional accompaniment of summer lightning. Presently the Rees’ sister and brother came to invite the girls [Sally, Matty, and Eliza Edwards] to a visit to-morrow, asking Haney and myself also. This Rees (there is another brother) is but a shallow, coarsish fellow with a superficial polish of French courtesy. He did a funny thing on the Fourth. I had been “carrying on” to amuse the children in the swing-hammock, talking enormous nonsense, to their perfect amusement when one inquired, with an “O! Mr Gunn!,” if I always talked so! I told her “No,” that I was kept chained up in the city and only let out occasionally for a holiday. “I should think so, too!” said Rees, marching away, indignantly, at which I and the little girls roared. He made a sort of indirect apology by markedly asking how me to take wine with him subsequently. Sally and Eliza go with their father [George Edwards] to Grafton Centre tomorrow. Stayed till 11 1/2, walking part of the way with Haney homewards.

27. Friday. Out to P.O. and hither and thither. Writing. At 4:50 P.M. to the pier from which I saw Dick Bolton embark, to witness the departure of the girls and their father. Found Haney and [Edward] Welles there. At 5:50 the party appeared with [Carl] Knudsen, who accompanies them, and little

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-07-26

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Fourth of July


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