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ables other drawbacks, as the long visits of the Griffins, 
(by the by Weighty   the prettier of the two and the more sel-
fish, is going to get married to a lawyer) her sister s living
here   I suppose she don t pay   Rawson taking out in board
an $100 lent to Mrs P. by his mother (for which that amiable
person took interest) and empty rooms   these, added together,
make up a big aggregate lump of trouble for a woman to fight
against.  Mrs Potter s a good woman and a character.  Her
father appears to have been a wealthy and affectionate man.
The family lived up the Hudson, near the town of that name, kept
a carriage &c.  They   the parents came from the north of Ireland;
knew Andrew Jackson and well to do people. Mrs P remembers
her father s kneeling down in a field and praying for her, his
little daughter.   Her mother   old Mrs Cooper, now about 
the most unvenerable old woman conceivable   was very severe
with her daughters, and used to lick Mrs P, in her teens, be-
cause she wouldn t marry a weathy Cuban whom she detested.
At 17 she did marry.   Her husband   an amiable spoon I
fancy, from a little story of hers, how he would turn a picture
representing a woman with a low dress on with its face to the
wall (!)   died nine months subsequent to the married.    Then
came misfortunes.   Mrs P has lived as the mistress of a 
boarding-house ever since.  Her theory of life is rather a
mortified one.  She thinks it s good for us to be served out.
She professes Presbyterianism, and is a good deal wrapped up
in dead formula, as to creed.  She has, with her husband,
been a vegetarian and ventures a mild opinion that we all
eat more than is good for us.  She traces most of the evil in
the world to intemperance.   Her strong hold in argument is
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page ninety-seven
Description:Describes Mrs. Potter, who runs his boarding house.
Date:1858-03-11
Subject:Boardinghouses; Cooper, Lucia; Cooper, Mrs.; Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Griffin, Weighty (Davis); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jackson, Andrew; Potter; Potter, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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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.