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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 89, November 4, 1860

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Identifier: DX01339638

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 89, November 4, 1860

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

Transcription:

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Details about [Jesse] Haney’s Passion.

at the time of his [Haney’s] rejection, subsequently returned to him by Sally [Edwards], which revealed so much of tenderness, of generosity and disinterestedness, that though I said but little, I was a good deal touched, especially as I felt guilty of having questioned the quality of his affection for the girl. He did love her very dearly, he suffered very much, he thought, even, did this undemonstrative man, of suicide to escape from the misery of the one topic that haunted him unceasingly — he might have done it but for the remembrance of his mother. I do not know but he went to the river side — to the Battery — with some such intention, he half implied as much. He thought of leaving her what money he had — then of those whose kinship would have made the act an injustice. In the letters he told her of his love for the family — its very name commending strangers to him — and, after his dismissal, counselled her against mistaking her feelings towards [Thomas] Nast or accepting him from any but the honest dictates of her heart, with infinite solicitude and tender magnanimity. I could well understand her saying that he had never appeared to so much advantage as under

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-11-04

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Suicide
Courtship

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