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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 149, August 10, 1860

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Identifier: DX02749382

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 149, August 10, 1860

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

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More of Tommy [Nast].

not ‘t’other — others could do that better. Mr. [George] and Mrs. [Sarah] Edwards liked Nast very much and the latter championed him against [Jesse] Haney. It had been suggested to invite both to dinner on Thanksgiving Day, but Mrs E. thought it would be unpleasant to have the “glowering” at each other across the table, so Nast wasn’t asked. [Edward] Welles too, used to ridicule him privately to Sally [Edwards] in a manner which she considered “rather cowardly.” When Tommy went to Italy he took with him a big Webster’s Dictionary for the much needed improvement of his spelling; of this Welles “made fun.” There was rivalry between the two, undoubtedly, and Nast’s undisguised avowal of his passion gave him the advantage in Sally’s eyes over the latent, half feminine liking of Welles. Once he was having accompanyinged her to a party, they had a little contest about escorting her home, Tommy being victor and Welles retiring in dudgeon. Sally disavows any reason for ranking the latter in the category of her admirers, but her sisters [Matty and Eliza Edwards], Haney, Nast and I — “all say so.” “He is in love with you!” stoutly persisted Tommy, who told Welles, in so many words, that he, Nast, was, saying in response to the inquiry “Are you in love with her?” Yes I am!” Bravo Tommy! He showed temper on provocation and 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
Thanksgiving Day

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