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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 212, September 3, 1860

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Identifier: DX02796286

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 212, September 3, 1860

Description: Regarding Jesse Haney's apparent jealousy over Gunn's friendship with Sally Edwards.



And deservedly miserable.

that well enough, I have told her [Sally Edwards] so in so many words; I would tell her of Hannah [Bennett] but that I hate confidences of that sort, as known beyond the two concerned, it vulgarizes, robs it of its dearest characteristic. For the Mary Bilton affair, that’s dead and buried, I might indulge myself there, having been reticent all my life, or nearly so. And [Jesse] Haney knows I can have no feeling but strong liking for Sally. When he was rejected, when I suspected he didn’t want me at Grafton, a year ago, I informed him there was a girl in England whom I should marry directly I could. Perhaps he thinks I’m drifting from it, or maybe it’s jealousy sans suspicion. Reflecting that he has never visited me since my return from the country, that my calls upon him for some time previous were greatly in excess over his on me, on a good many things, I had felt as though I were dropping into the same position towards him and as he bears to [James] Parton and had resolved, lonely as I might be in consequence, to woo no more liking at the close of self-respect. All these friendships not based on justice and fair play — “so much as you give you shall receive” — bright bring a certain amount of contempt on he who is content to be liked

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-09-03

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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