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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 106, November 13, 1860

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Identifier: DX01348448

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 106, November 13, 1860

Description: Regarding a servant working for the Edwards family.

Transcription:

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And Opinion of Matty [Edwards] and Eliza [Edwards].

on and exults: “Didn’t he [James Parton] stand up for us, though?” All the rest of the visitors she has no opinion of — they are “froth” she says. Sally [Edwards] confessed, in answer to my inquiry, that it touched her, that it was delicious to find this rough-handed, plain-spoken woman insisting on forming another than the family estimate of her, not thinking her cold and unaffectionate, but a girl needing love and kindness and sympathy. “And then I thought how silly I was!” she added. Matty the girl maid would have liked, but for her atteptempts at sarcasm, her face won upon the girl, at first, as it does upon everybody. “She had better drop that habit, or she’ll make everybody hate her and be miserable,” comments the Scotswoman, “nobody does like her but her mother [Sarah Edwards] and John [Edwards].” Indeed Matty’s natural role should be that of a kind, pretty girl, nothing more, nothing less, male listeners and lookers-on would credit her with all the rest. But there’s been so much of a stimulating nature occurring in the family for the last year or two that, partly in consequence, partly out of jealousy of Sally she has been forced into a character which sits badly upon her and affects others unpleasantly. I have marked its growth myself. Eliza, the Scotch damsel likes pretty well, but says

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-11-13

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Scots
Diaries
Household employees
Women

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