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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 62, October 18, 1860

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Identifier: DX01325706

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 62, October 18, 1860

Description: Describes a note from Sally Edwards, asking if Gunn is the one who sent her flowers anonymously.



A Hint in the Shape of a Question.

note from Sally [Edwards], accompanying a book, “Ledbury,” retained by her since the Grafton Centre days. It had this postscript: “On Tuesday evening, I was most agreeably surprised at receiving a most superb bouquet, it was left at the door quite anonymously, directed to me. It is to your delicacy and generosity that I am indebted?”

Probably the gift of [John] Nichols, her Saturday night’s companion. Did the girl think and does she wish I were the sender? The thing gave me a curious sense of affection and pain throughout the cold, miserable, though sunny afternoon. I am so weary and lonely now that I cannot but be doubly sensitive to a girl’s liking. It’s no more, though my disavowal of any passion for her may have set her thinking of me in that light — perhaps as an experiment. There are girls of whom it is easier to suppose them capable of building up a romance about a man than Sally. Her very freedom and boldness towards me forbids the supposition. Why should I feel pain, then, about this incident? Because the girl may be lonely, not too happy and sorely in need of some one to love her dearly. Hannah [Bennett] might know my feelings without blaming me. God love both of them! – will they ever meet, I wonder? To Hought’s house,

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-10-18

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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