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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 207, July 17, 1857

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Identifier: DX03782839

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 207, July 17, 1857

Description: Describes a letter written from Nina Brooks to William Leslie, asking him why he has not visited her in Hudson.


Scrubbing, rushing hither and thither and doing all sorts of things. Visited the Edwardses one night and Mrs Andreotti, now removed to another boarding-house, same street. Her husband is yet in Boston. [William] Leslie — our Scotchman — absent in Jersey awhile has returned to [132] Bleecker Street. During the past week he got a letter from Miss [Nina] Brooks (!) Now while I was at Hudson he was inquired after, of course. "We thought we should have received a visit from Mr Leslie," said Mrs B. They knew all about his movements, his going to Philadelphia, to Elmira &c — clearly through Foster. I, without asserting it, allowed it to be supposed that I supposed Leslie was too busy to come — which they appeared to assent to. In fact it was a comfortable bit of hypocrisy on both sides. Whether theyre not getting any positive information out of me, prompted the little girl to the act of writing I don't know. But she has written, and a pretty shrewd cleverish letter it is for little Missy to get off. She reminds him of his promise to come, thanks him (a little overmuch) for his kindness and attention to her, specifying the two visits to the theatres, hopes that he will put down her acts and speech — italicized — to the score of ignorance of the world &c &c, wants to know whether he wishes to cut the acquaintance, and winds up with "your friend if you wish it." The note is queerly written, the caligraphy slanting backwards, and full of "Now, Mr Leslie's." There is also a postscript — of course — in which she hopes

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1857-07-17

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Courtship


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