Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and five

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Identifier: DX03090756

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 105, August 31, 1859

Description: Describes a visit to the Edwards family, and discusses several suitors of Sally Edwards.

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[N.G.] Shepherds at Mataran’s, a glass of wine, then up-town. Work. [Jesse] Haney came to tea. A blustrous night, threatening rain, which didn’t come. Together to Edwards’. Little [Thomas] Nast in his white vest and trousers sitting on the sofa. Dropped into talk with Matty [Edwards], Haney conversed either with Mr [George] Edward, or Jack [Edwards], Sallie [Edwards] sat working at the table, till at my request she joined us. Both the girls were confidential tonight, Sally, having more to tell, particularly so. Little Nast “told his love” within a day after their arrival in the country. Sally said “she was sorry ” but “how could you help it.” Little Nast was willing to wait any time. He has no chance; the girl knows so much more than he. She thinks him good-natured, which he is. Monroe the Californian too, has said “in fun” before her mother [Sarah Edwards] that he is ready to marry Sally. “He is such a bore ” she says. Ed Wells has written verses in Sally’s album — mildly jocular but amorous. I know Sally suspects ——— Ed. Wells, I believe shaved off his beard and whiskers in order to look younger and thus become a candidate — a very undemonstrative one — for Sally’s favor. One tires, always, of wearing the willow, and Mort Thomson has jilted Wells for Grace [Eldredge]. So the things Go. About Haney the girls are disturbed and puzzled, sometimes a little defiant, secretly desirous of resuming the old friendly footing, Sally, the more thoughtful of the

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Rights: Public Domain (no known copyright)

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Dates: 1859

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

Subjects: Diaries
Courtship
Women

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