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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 142, August 10, 1860

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Identifier: DX02744195

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 142, August 10, 1860

Description: Describes a talk with Sally Edwards about her family.



Her [Sally Edwards’] Family Confidences.

resemble each other [Sally and her mother, Sarah Edwards] too much for much liking. Jack [Edwards] stands first in Mrs Edwards’ affections, as is commonly the case where a mother has but one son (a woman, especially a clever one, is proud of a man-child and reverences his sex.) She loves Matty [Edwards], as the simplest-hearted, most dutiful, the one whose capacity seems to need most affection, next. Eliza [Edwards] stands third in the list and Sally last. This I have known before the girl’s evidence confirmed it. The position of the present family with respect to the first one, helped to develop a latent antagonism between mother and daughter. Mrs Edwards, when a Miss Sarah Leach, was governess in the family of her predecessor who died in England, never coming to this country. Her husband [George Edwards]’s exodus followed a decline of fortune; he married again in Philadelphia, where all the present family was born. Of course there were disagrements [sic], if not quarrels between the mother-in-law and the daughters of her predecessor. Jim Parton once sided with the latter, perhaps when he was in love with Ann [Edwards], (who refused him thrice) though he is now a strenuous admirer and champion of his aunt. Well; Sally was suspected of siding with her half-sisters against her mother, of “saying things” against her. Others interfered to produce this impression, Jim Parton’s sister, Mary Rogers being distinguished in this way. She is a little, clever woman,

coverage:Grafton, New York

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-08-10

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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