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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 163, August 17, 1860

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Identifier: DX02759771

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 163, August 17, 1860

Description: Describes a conversation with Sally Edwards about her admirers.

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Return to New York.

your object. It set me watching you. A pity, Sally [Edwards], that the same courageous little remarks (I told her she was “a bold girl” once, and she sometimes refers to it) should be equally effective in [Jesse] Haney’s case as in [Thomas] Nast’s or [Mortimer] Brown’s.” She denied having complimented the former into liking her. I went on with my preachment: “You see the sensible fellows and the fools act very much alike in the matter, though from different influences. The fools are birdlined by conceit and vanity, with in the wise are often quick sympathies and appreciation of womanhood which develops their sensibilities to the verge of downright sentimentality. Between the puppyism of youthful suitors and the sad experience, purchased at the expense of freshness of the heart if not of innocence, of older wooers, it’s bad for the clever girls.” Sally had thought so too. Back to the Troy House and supper, anon aboard the Francis Skiddy. The boat did not start until near 9, and we sat on the upper deck watching the city and river until then and for two hours subsequent to our losing sight of the former. I suppose Mort Brown had had enough of Sally for he certainly left her to me all the evening, as did the rest of the party. It was a perfectly beautiful night overhead, innumerable stars

coverage:Troy, New York

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-08-17

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Women
Courtship
Transportation
Steamboats

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