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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 151, August 10, 1860

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Identifier: DX02750865

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 151, August 10, 1860

Description: Describes a talk with Sally Edwards about her first admirer Truman Bonestal.



Sally [Edwards] on Matty [Edwards].

her [Sarah Edwards’] policy of men-interference in all of these affairs, but I do not doubt that she would prefer [Thomas] Nast for a son-in-law. Sally’s first serious admirer Truman Bonesteel, was very much in earnest, stricken from the first. When he came first to the house, to a dance one evening, at which I was present, he requested his sister to introduce him to Sally, singling her out. The girl commented, more than once, with real surprise and a jot of contempt, at his not preferring her prettier sister. “Matty had on such and such a frock” she said, “and she did look lovely; it was just the tie when her face had that bloom upon it — you remember?” (I did and do, very well; Matty has been far prettier than she is.) Sally admires her sister’s beauty, admitting a spice of jealously so frankly that it proves there’s little of it. I think women can be enthusiastic in praise of the faces of their own sex, contrary to the common opinion that always makes them blind to such. Bonesteel went to California in love with C Sally and at the last advices, was not yet recovered. I remember his going off; he kissed the girls formally in the passage, which they hardly liked, or Jack [Edwards] either, though “as he was going away” they didn’t want to hurt his

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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