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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 64, July 21, 1859

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Identifier: DX03059394

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 64, July 21, 1859

Description: Regarding Frank Cahill's feelings for Matty Edwards.

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[posi]tion or prospect, yet with some contradiction he [Frank Cahill] spoke of an intention he had formed of telling Matty [Edwards] he loved her in the proposed summer trip which was to include all of us. He kept a flower she gave him for a long time and spoke of its destruction as a bit of heroism on his part. He has a little bit of a note of her writing, of which he showed me the signature "Mattie Edwards" in an odd, little, neat upright hand. She, through [Thomas] Nast, sent him a message to the effect that he was "real mean" for keeping away, which evidently gratified him. His abstinence is however half-compulsory. Mrs [Sarah] Edwards heard of his getting drunk and dissipations, besides which Fanny Fern visiting her, said her say about Cahill, wherefore he owes her no love. Mrs E. asked [James] Parton and [Jesse] Haney, the latter of whom made what defence he could for the fellow, urging that shutting him out of this one good household might only accelerate him downwards, while still permitting his visits might help to reform him. A weak but kindly argument, to which the mother of innocent daughters responded as became her. (Haney once, by the bye, says Cahill, talked of introducing [George] Arnold to the house, which information gave me some thing like a shock. Arnold is good-looking, eminently social and —— I fear, unscrupulous.) Since then, Cahill, partly moved by deserved distrust of his reception, partly for lack of good clothes, has been

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1859-07-21

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Courtship
Diaries
Women

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