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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 184, December 20, 1859

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Identifier: DX03162701

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 184, December 20, 1859

Description: Regarding Matty and Sally Edwards.

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[tem]pered, unh not too happy woman, that she [Sally Edwards] will rule her husband [Thomas Nast]. It might have been better and happier for her, had she married [Jesse] Haney. Methinks little Nast would be soon thrown over now, did a more eligible suitor appear. He is coarse-natured, though good-humored — the latter being three-fourths composed of approbativeness. He is very ignorant, but industrious and thriving. Sally knows all this, and knowing it ought to calculate consequences. Matty [Edwards]’s simple way of looking at things is honester. She thinks: Why can’t people just say what they want, get their answer and have done with it. Her intellect is of no great depth, she thinks so, confesses it, but she is not silly — good praise for a girl, poor as it looks. I’m sure she is kind and good, though Heaven knows how these qualities would stand the wear and tear of daily life. They may merely appertain to youth, girl-hood and acknowledged prettiness. Indeed its impossible to think of her without reference to her face — that sweet, household face of hers! Its not beautiful, not indicative of half so much as Eliza [Edwards]’s gives promise of, — just pretty, that’s all, but so very pretty that to look at it is to sigh to think it must be changed by Time and Sorrow. Oh me! That ever girl’s dear faces should be marred by them! Shall we meet those who have loved and remember-

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1859-12-20

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Women

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