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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 164, August 17, 1860

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Identifier: DX02760514

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 164, August 17, 1860

Description: Regarding his relationship with Sally Edwards.



A Night on the Hudson.

gemming the gorgeous firmament, a delicious breeze blowing and the grand old Hudson lovely as ever. And I and Sally [Edwards] sat conversing on many things; religion, and death, and immortality among them. And, somehow, I told her the story of my love-affair with Mary Bilton, the first clear confidence of that sort I ever made. It’s an old, dead-and-gone love now, and I might speak of it. For the better passion that has replaced it, that’s my earnest-eyed Hannah [Bennett]’s secret, as well as mine. There’s no fear of mistake in my relations with Sally, nor am I puppy enough to suppose she would wish seriously to mistake them. She likes me because I speak truth to her, because she thinks she can learn something of me, perhaps because I understand and sympathize with her position at home. Like many self-contained people she has deep feelings, let them be touched. Here’s an incident, suggestive enough. On the morning of our long ride together all the others wrote home. Last night comes a letter from paterfamilias [George Edwards], with “we have recieved all letters from all of you, except Sarah.” It was Sarah, not Sally, she remarked. They had not said a word about having written. I question if the unmerited rebuke didn’t disquiet the girl’s breast throughout the day. What the rest of our party supposed from my monopo-

coverage:New York

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-08-17

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Hudson River (N.Y. and N.J.)


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