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is going to get married to a supple, false-looking 
Italian, who Mrs Potter charitably declares  only
wants her money.  He s here nearly all day, and
plays the guitar of evenings.              Leslie the long,
loud-voiced, whiskerless, self willed, wrong-headed,
obstinate Scotchman is philandering each evening
(and morning) with little Miss Brooks.  Physically
mentally, every way, there could not be a greater
contrast.    He though inclined to think it  wouldn t
do  at first, is grown  spoony  anent the matter
now, and says he won t lose sight of her.       She
is very  delicate , good natured, innocent and desirous
to please.       She reads very much, is near-sighted,
light-haired and ingenous.         I like the little girl  
but such a match seems half preposterous.           Mrs
Brooks is a nice old lady   up to snuff, however,
as regards her daughter.     She has another here,
married, with two children and a husband.       A
son also.         They live up at Hudson.      Pleasant
people.           Patten, wife and boy, owe Mrs Potter
$200 for board.          He is  office-seeking , to Albany
and back.               Mrs Gouverneur and progeny are
here still.        She flirts when she has an opportunity,
has herrings and brandy-and-water in her attic, is
always tattling herself into scrapes, and possesses
a sort of transparent cunning in small matters
at once funny and contemptible.     Her vivacious
temperament impels her to the utterance of loosely
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and seventy-two
Description:Regarding the women living in his boarding house.
Date:1857-03-31
Subject:Andreotti; Boardinghouses; Brooks, Mrs.; Brooks, Nina; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, William; Patten, George; Patten, Willis; Patten, Willis, Mrs.; Potter, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.