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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 147, August 10, 1860

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Identifier: DX02747900

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 147, August 10, 1860

Description: Describes a talk with Sally Edwards about Thomas Nast's love for her.

Transcription:

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The Story of [Thomas] Nast’s Passion.

knew!” A young woman, of generous impulses would always be in danger of giving herself away, out of sheer sympathy in such a case. But he [Jesse Haney] never asked again and she [Sally Edwards] abides in the conviction that they could not have been happy together. Now about Nast. Sally persists that I don’t do him justice, which, as I know he dislikes me and as I don’t like him, is perfectly probable. His “I love you” — such was the literal avowal — came in the way to this very house [Grafton House] in which I write. He told his passion in a very open, boy-like manner, said that if Sally looked favorably upon his suit, he would study, be inspired with ambition, do all sorts of things; that if she didn’t, he wouldn’t care what became of him. He had had his head bumpologized and got a chart of his character from Fowler and Wells, and asserted that “he could love but once” when if, unsuccessful, his prospects and happiness would be incurably blighted. He studied Sally’s “chart” too, attaching great importance to it. He was generous in his behavior to the girls [Sally, Matty, and Eliza Edwards], fond of the opera, very quick in acquiring things, improvable generally, thinks Sally. The girls schooled him after their several fashions. Sally told him how to dress and behave, Matty, when he made a blunder in manner grammar or pronunciation, would

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
Phrenology

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