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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 141, August 9-10, 1860

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Identifier: DX02743455

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 141, August 9-10, 1860

Description: Describes spending a day riding with Sally Edwards at Grafton, New York.

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Out Riding with Sally [Edwards].

while Jack [Edwards] caught the horse. The brother and sister [Matty Edwards] returned at a walk. Matt is more timid and sits less securely than either Sally or Eliza [Edwards], the first of whom is really a good horsewoman. Matty, too, once had a physical nervous affection, akin to St Virus’ dance, which made her limbs twitch and tremble. This perhaps she has never entirely recovered from; or she is apprehensive of a relapse. The girl is thinner, too, than she used to be, though she doesn’t look it.

10. Friday. Out a-horseback with Sally, she in riding dress, with Scotch cap and feather, looking well and sitting her horse capitally. We took the Petersburg road, resolved in a good long ride. The day a glorious summer’ one, some times exceedingly sultry, the landscape beautiful, hill, mountain, valley and wood, alternately. Sometimes we galloped, sometimes cantered, or walked the horses and talked. Of how many things did Sally and I talk in that five hours ride? I think I have, partly from accident, partly from interest, more of the girl’s confidence than any of my own sex. Her position is peculiar; shrewder, cleverer than either of her sisters, having had more admirers (with deliberate matrimonial intentions, too, she is less of a favorite at home, particularly with her mother [Sarah Edwards]. Indeed, they

coverage:Grafton, New York

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-08-09

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Clothing and dress
Diaries
Horses
Women

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