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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 193, May 2, 1860

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Identifier: DX02982461

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 193, May 2, 1860

Description: Regarding gossip about James Morris and Sarah Maguire heard from Frank Cahill.

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Scandal about [James] Morris.

shouldn't can well conceive how the man [Morris], with all his fine sentiment and amiability, might drift into it — nay I can't very well avoid crediting it, corroborated as it is by certain hints of his being "deceitful," and her [Sarah Maguire] having "found him out," which she gave me. I don't suppose he used any specious arts to encompass the weak and vicious purpose, as ‘squiring her to places of entertainment, treating her &c, but he asked her permission to share her bed. He is too timid and poor — perhaps too fastidious to drain off his passions by such loose sluices as [Frank] Cahill and Bob Gun talked familiarly of before him, yet their loose charter of life has probably affected him to the attempting a worse thing than they ever did. The girl had a great opinion of him, "he was so good" and not unaffected by the usual feminine lookout towards matrimony, which he never thought of, unconsciously supposing his intellect put that out of the question. Perhaps now, she has more than secretly forgiven the attempt. But it was a damned thing to do, anyway, and what men who think poorly enough of themselves morally, would never have dreampt of! So much for fine sentiments, continence and weakness. No real virtue but is based

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-05-02

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Courtship

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