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  13.  Sunday.  A lovely day; sunny, clear and cold.
To Brooklyn   Pounden s, where I stayed the day and
night.     Heard much of the causes of the hegira of the elder
Pounden s to Bleecker St, Mrs P. the younger being full of
it.       The mother has earnestly entertained an inveterate and
extremely irrational prejudice against her daughter-in-law, as
I had occasion to observe, long ago) and took very little pains to
conceal it, riding the high horse over the young wife in her own
house, where she and her husband came to live, from Canada.
They   both of them   thought Pounden ought to have married
somebody with money   a thoroughly Irish sentiment.  Sure, he
didn t do justice to himself as to me!  said the father speaking
of it to me one night, the only one on which he came up to smoke
a pipe with me.   Now though Pounden is a very good little fellow,
sharp, business like and sensible, the idea of his marrying a
heiress is simply ridiculous.    His wife is perfectly well suited
to him and  her folks  every whit as good as his folks   as
she s not slow to assert.        Well the elder couple, or rather
the old woman   for the man himself is a low-looking, com-
mon-faced Irishman, with all the native cunning and blarney,
and, apparently, ruled by his wife   got to abusing Yankees
and making themselves tremendously objectionable and so, 
finally, there was a jolly row.         Mrs P. senior told Mrs. P.
junior she should be kicked out of doors; Mrs P junior called
Mrs P. senior  an old devil  and told her she was trying to
set her husband against her; Mr P. informed Frank that
he had had better servants in his house than his son s wife 
  till the elder couple went off in a fury to Bleecker Street.
        In the evening went to Partons, Mr and Mrs P accom-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page thirty-seven
Description:Regarding trouble among Frank Pounden's wife and his parents.
Date:1857-12-13
Subject:Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Irish; Marriage; Parton, James; Pounden; Pounden, Frank; Pounden, Frank, Mrs.; Pounden, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada
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.