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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 84, November 2, 1860

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Identifier: DX01337053

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 84, November 2, 1860

Description: Describes a joke on Anne Edwards created by Jesse Haney.



A prophetic Joke.

might be more prosperous, he [Jesse Haney] hoped with economy that &c &c — in short played the common-sense accepted man to the life. How did Anne [Edwards] know, he asked, that he had not consulted Mr and Mrs [George and Sarah] Edwards? what had Anne to allege against the engagement? “Why only a year ago” upspake Anne, “you were making love to Sally [Edwards]!” Both the girls were bristling with indignation, (I am not writing entirely by Sally’s account as will appear subsequently) Sally flushed and tremulous. Said she “And were you in earnest?” There was a look of pain in his face then that made the girl regret, deeply, that she had uttered the words. He carried the matter off well enough, with, “Why you have no interest in the matter, you know — you don’t expect a man to remain single always, because he has been rejected by one girl?” That dashed her. Eliza [Edwards] was wroth, too. Said she: “he’ll be proposing to me next!” Matt [Edwards] wasn’t present at the first onset, but she kept silence or held down her pretty head and giggled subsequently and Jack [Edwards] enjoyed the joke enormously. Fr a couple of days the girls were completely hoaxed, their undeceiving only arriving in consequence of Haney’s fearing papa and mamma might hear of it. Sallie thinks Haney has changed in his estimate of her, supposing her not so “insensible”

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-11-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Practical jokes


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