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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 65, July 21, 1859

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Identifier: DX03060176

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 65, July 21, 1859

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



wholly cut off from the family. Papa [George] Edwards on meeting him [Frank Cahill] at [Jesse] Haney's Nic Nax Office, at first wouldn't observe and then was cool to him. Poor Cahill! I know that none of his emotions are very permanent, that he has been foolish and worse than foolish —— but I felt sorry and sympathetic for him. The thought of the girl [Matty Edwards]'s sweet face shining in upon his unwise and impure career which drifts him along, he knows not whither, must deepen its gloom, now and then. How bitter, that "it might have been" to him, poor, shabby and almost characterless! I, knowing sadly that it was of no avail, encouraged him to let the flame burn, hoping it might consume worse matter and purify his soul's atmosphere. At the same time I told him my estimate of the girl, almost from an older point of view than I have attained. He thinks Haney suspects him of some such passion, erroneously fancying Sally [Edwards] the object, who, supposes Cahill, will be Mrs Haney, one day. Shouldn't wonder. Its next to impossible that he, longing for a wife and a home as I know he does — as I myself do — should have looked in, day after day, and evening after evening, on that pleasant trio of girl-hood without some personal hope growing up in his breast. Cahill, unjustly harboured a mite of suspicion that Haney was not unwilling to see him out of the way. This I set right. To further complicate matters, little [Thomas] Nast

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-07-21

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Courtship


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