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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 39, October 7, 1860

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Identifier: DX01313896

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 39, October 7, 1860

Description: Describes a conversation with Jesse Haney about Sally Edwards.

Transcription:

35

But jealous — and of Me!

[re]ceived with kindness and good-breeding. I had to keep silent where I could have given testimony on her [Sally Edwards’s] side only by betraying her confidence, paining [Jesse] Haney, as I should have done, by letting him see that I had talked over his affair with her. Perhaps, in his position, he cannot estimate her other than he does — neither can I. And he must dislike if not resent my her confidences with me, say what he will, and struggle as he will against it. I reminded him of my avowed engagement with Hannah [Bennett], and urged that that ought to have preserved me, him from suspicion — that he had supposed me of a butter-like consistency, to be moulded into a new and dishonest shape by a pleasant girl’s fingers. He denied that; said “I don’t say that you are in love with her, or she with you” — only we mightn’t calculate consequences. Before that he had stated that she had an immense admiration for my intellect. He couldn’t tell me all, he said, about his wooing. “You would never have suited each other,” I said; “you’d better have fallen in love with Matty [Edwards].” “Better with none of them,” he answered, though he thought Matty would make the best wife. If ever he married it must be with some American girl. His accent pained me here, though I could not help

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-10-07

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Courtship
Women

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