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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 145, August 10, 1860

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Identifier: DX02746418

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 145, August 10, 1860

Description: Describes a talk with Sally Edwards about Jesse Haney's proposal to her.



How [Jesse] Haney declared himself.

it in a letter to her [Sally Edwards] and claiming it as his [Haney’s], if anybody’s right. (Rather a bad way to deal with a woman!) But he didn’t mistake me for a rival. He was so undemonstrative in his manner towards the girl, that she could hardly believe the assurances of others who were positive about it. (At Mort Thomson’s, Mrs T. [Sophy Thomson] and [Edward] Welles spoke of it as an “engagement” before Nast, which “Tommy” disputed — of which more anon.) When Haney avowed himself, partly influenced to it, I think, by my counsel (I thought he was letting less worthy suitors walk over the course) Sally’s surprise and confusion ma might have misled him into a supposition of her acceptance. One of her half-joking, half-daring advances produced it; they were scribbling questions and answers over the table when he spoke out seriously in response to one of her admissions. She didn’t know how to look, ran up stairs, or something of the kind. On a subsequent evening he inquired whether she had informed and consulted with her mother. (Mrs [Sarah] Edwards learnt it from Jack [Edwards]: Sally told Eliza [Edwards], not Matty [Edwards], as Haney supposed, in his note to me.) For a brief time, Haney seemed to regard it as an engagement, to look upon Sally as his especial charge and property when the family went out to the theatre &c. I was present on one of these occa-

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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