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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 37, June 15, 1860

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Identifier: DX02691128

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 37, June 15, 1860

Description: Regarding a synopsis of a story Frank Cahill intended on writing about his infatuation with Matty Edwards.



a talk about it, in [Frank] Cahill it was next to a joke. The thing was in keeping, expected of him. When, too, they are guilty of downright criminality, we remember their agreeable [sic] qualities and judge them leniently. Of all roads to liking, easy good humor and pleasant manners are perhaps the surest. If I did a villany [sic] people would say harder things of me than of Cahill. Our landlady [Susan Boley] brought me his portfolio or writing-case t’other day and amid a farrage of litter, of fragmentary stories and dramas, reportorial notes and scribblings of himself and George Arnold, I found the following. It is apropos of his fancy for pretty Matty Edwards, — a brief synopsis of a short story he intended writing:

“Frank Carleton is in love with Lizzie Dalton. She is in love with him, a tacit understanding existing to that effect, nothing having been said on either side. Frank is wild and would offer his hand, only he can’t afford marriage. A dear, good, kind friend informs Frank’s [Lizzie’s] parents that Frank is the very devil in disguise. He is forbidden the house. His remorse & destroys (sic in orig.) little things of Lizzie’s. They eventually meet and she is married. Kisses him and leaves the room.”

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-06-15

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Short stories


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