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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 144, August 10, 1860

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Identifier: DX02745677

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 144, August 10, 1860

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

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Sally [Edwards]’s Confidences.

[in]closed it to the mother [Sarah Edwards]. There was a row, but Sally would not retract. She must have been unhappy enough at times, and rebellious in spirit, for upon my incidentally mentioning a youthful project of my own — when I came to maturity reckoning up what I had cost and paying it, to be quit of obligation — she acknowledged entertaining a similar bitter fancy. She has heard Matty [Edwards]’s beauty praised, but evidently thinks cheaply, if not a little contemptuously of her sister’s intellect. Sally, quick-spirited if not sensitive, resents Matty’s occasional sulks, when the younger girl will give short answers or none at all, as I, in common with others, have experienced. With Eliza [Edwards] Sally is on good terms, making her almost a confidante. “Eliza,” she says, “don’t reflect, she jumps at convictions, but somehow, is generally right.” To continue; Sally’s admirers, her persistent reading of [William Makepeace] Thackeray, her spice of morbidness arising from her position, have all contributed to form a character I can be interested in and then sympathize with. She told me all about [Jesse] Haney, about [Thomas] Nast, Monroe, and a former admirer of hers, Truman Bonestal. I was half-right in my suspicion that Haney wouldn’t have cared to have me at Grafton, last year, I think. He resented my being on confidential terms with Sally, alluding to

coverage:Grafton, New York

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-08-10

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Women
Books and reading

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