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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 146, August 10, 1860

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Identifier: DX02747159

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 146, August 10, 1860

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

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His [Jesse Haney’s] mismanaged Suit.

[occa]sions — when we saw “Dot” at the Winter Garden. Meantime it must be remembered that [Thomas] Nast was a suitor and very much in earnest. But Sally [Edwards] hardly gave Haney what he designated his “quietus” in consequence of her preference for his rival; as I judged at the time his position was anomalous, the transition from a friend of the family, who had known these girls [Sally, Matty, and Eliza Edwards] from their babyhood, to a lover, was too great to be at once understood or regarded as agreeable [sic]. Then he had played too close a game, his reticence and undemonstrativeness were against him. His “crossness” and perhaps jealousy had displeased Sally at Grafton; she must have contrived these with Nast’s behavior. She did not love Haney, certainly, she distrusted their fitness for one another and her own happiness as H his wife. Her sisters were not in favor of it; Ann [Edwards] opposed it strenuously, saying he was “too old.” (Rather a sharp-accented female, Miss Ann, as women who have remained ten years longer than they ought to without getting married are apt to be.) Sally, woman-like, resented Haney’s little pedagogish ways of lording it over folk, and especially his taking her assent as a thing of course. So he got his dismissal, but he spoke so well and showed so generously afterwards, espe particularly one evening, that had he pressed his offer, she would have accepted him. She “couldn’t have stood much of that, she

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
Courtship

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