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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 108, March 22-23, 1858

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Identifier: DX03491267

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 108, March 22-23, 1858

Description: Describes Frederick Edge.


two or three half condemnatory lines. I used to chaff [Frederick] Edge about it. He must have made his $50 or more, at that time. Since he generaled himself out of the Herald, I think he did but little. His wife was an Alsatian — a dress maker or something of the sort. He lived with her as his mistress before marriage. He had known her in Paris. I saw her once, walking with him, talking French very rapidly, and holding up her skirts. Not pretty, but had good legs. Edge’s father forgave the marriage and his sisters wrote kindly to his wife. Edge had a good deal of miscellaneous knowledge, was good natured, not at all offensive, but from his babbling propensities, and had no opinions worth a bad half penny. I remember [Frank] Cahill being very savage at him, because one Sunday morning he came to the basement of this house, and finding Sol Eytinge and Cahill very drunk — they had disposed of certain bottles of gin between them — Edge went about cackling of it to everybody! A very queer little beggar, certainly. He professed extreme orthodoxy, and believed he should sit in Parliament, someday.

23. Tuesday. To [Matthew] Brady’s with [William] Leslie, he getting his portrait taken, to give to Miss Bella Farr. Return. Drawing, cut for Harpers. Got a little nervous, rubbed out twice, then did it pretty successfully. A little Phonography at night. ‘Twill take a years application to learn it. A man can get $20 weekly as a phonographic reporter, oftener much more. With what I could make beside by scribbling and drawing, I could afford to have what I desire most of all in this world — Hannah [Bennett] for my wife. Let me work on, and do my best, every way. I’m very very tired of this lonely life, and have been so for many a day.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-03-22

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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