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to break in on $200 in bank.
  28.  Sunday.  At work on drawings for my
book till 4, when I turned out with intent to go to Brook-
lyn and visit Parton, but after a walk to the Bowery
abandoned the idea, went down town, looked in at French s
without finding Hayes, and returned to supper.      Talking
in the boarding house parlor during the evening with Mrs
Gouverneur, a Miss Church, and occasionally Mrs Potter
and Leslie, the former being intermittently present.
  Mrs Gouverneur is a type of class of woman very common in
England.     Her wont of self-respect is supplied by a 
sort of tetchy impulsive manifestation of temper prompting
her to the utterance of rude things, for which she will,
immediately afterwards, beg pardon with equally obnoxious and
half false humility.                 She wants to good will of every-
body but her tongue is invariably active in getting her into 
mischief.    She is as greedy of flattery as a coquette
of 18.       She as clamorously denies her wish to catch
another husband as she openly betrays herself by her
willingness to go into the subject with anybody, or on
any occasion.     She alternately depreciates herself and flings
in her sham humility as ground bait for compliment,
or assumes the airs of a triumphant belle.    Withal
she has a sort of surface good nature, and is every-
way so transparently cunning as to be almost amusing.
Her children are brought up horribly.      The little girl
May, though a pretty child, is an arrant despot over
her mother, horribly jealous of her brothers and   the mo-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page seventy-eight
Description:Regarding Mrs. Gouverneur's personality.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Children; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur, Adolphus (""Gladdy""); Gouverneur, May; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hayes (engraver); Leslie, William; Parton, James; Potter, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight
Description:Includes descriptions of the process of publishing his book, ''The Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses;'' his poor mental state upon returning to New York from England; meeting Walt Whitman; visits with Fanny Fern, James Parton, and Harriet Jacobs' daughter Louisa who is living with them; a visit to the Catskill Mountains with the Edwards family; moving into the boarding house at 132 Bleecker Street; working on the publication ''European'' with Colonel Hugh Forbes; the death of publisher William Levison and his daughter Ellen in his boarding house; visiting the scene of the murder of a dentist to get a sketch of the suspect; visiting Newport, Rhode Island, on assignment to sketch for Frank Leslie; and the death of his brother-in-law, Joseph Greatbatch.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Medical care; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Newport, Rhode Island
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.