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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 100, March 14, 1858

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Identifier: DX03484586

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 100, March 14, 1858

Description: Regarding William Leslie and Nina Brooks.

Transcription:

accidentally mentioned to Mrs P. [Catharine Potter] that his [Mr. Pierce’s] sister [Nina Brooks] was in New York and that he was going to call on her. In fact the whole family went strongly for the match. I don’t think it could have been effected anyway, but it might have been rendered so impending that [William] Leslie would have found it extremely awkward to back out of. If the little girl, when she told Leslie all Mrs [Elizabeth] Gouverneur’s cackle about them to old Miss Sturgis (the Brooks having the next room and overhearing it all) — had made more of a scene of it, cried &c he’d have been so affected with the idea of his being the cause — innocent little girl — fond of him — slanderous tongues &c &c — that he’d have kissed her, put his arm round her waist and committed himself inevitably. (He did the two former items by the bye.) But the little girl was too bold for discretion and not bold enough for success. Anyway had this occurred, and the old lady [Maria Brooks] looked ever to maternally-in-lawish at Leslie, when they returned to the country he’d have broken off — even at the risk of a breach of promise suit. For then his hard Scottish common sense would have woke up from the nap into which little Nina’s blandishments had thrown it. I don’t think there’s any great damage done on either side. Its all rot about hearts being trifled with in nine out of ten such cases. The little girl wanted to be married — Leslie was very available — rich, a young man, a good fellow enough — but as she was 23 (everybody was sold by her diminutiveness, as to her age) — I suppose she’d had her little affairs of the heart before, and got well over them. There’s no twaddle more trashy common than that folks talk of girls being all soft, undefended sensibility, as if a man had but to say “my dear” to ‘em, and their hearts were gone — pop — instantly!

Drawing. To [Frank] Bellew’s in the evening for half an hour or so,

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-03-14

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Diaries
Women
Courtship
Marriage
Scots

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