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impregnable repetition   against which the Gods are
powerless.   She is exceedingly narrow-minded, as may well
be, considering her life.   Practically, like most persons, she is
a great deal better than her creed.   Fun and humor she don t 
like   in common with most of her sex, whom it generally
startles, they re not quite sure it s proper   preferring a
little mild, conventional, summering badinage.  She can hold
her tongue at the dictation of prudence, but has a spice of
hot temper in the rear of it, and relishes a gossip.  She is
scrupulously honest and independent and, like all boarding-
house people, has been awfully swindled.  She hasn t much
education, talks ungrammatically and gets Miss Sturgis to
look over her written letters before sending them off.   She don t
go to church but thinks it right to do so.   She talks, natu-
rally enough, of the wearisomeness of an existence spent in cater-
ing for people s appetites.  She says she don t want to get
married, is not ill-pleased at the suggestion of its probability
and there s a mild standing jocularity with respect to a Califor-
nian friend who corresponds with her   to shield herself from
which she has ventured on an innocent flam about his being
married.  She suspects men of a normal inclination towards
inebriety. (When I first came to this house, being miserable
and nervous to the last degree, she fancied I got drunk, 
privately   this she subsequently told me.    I think her
idea of happiness centres in passivity.   She does her duty in
life, and practically is a good and pretty consistent woman.
 Doesticks  and Cahill up at night.  Mort inquiring about Allie
Vernon.  He d been to Partons and Fanny had told him
Allie wasn t Sol s wife.  Whereupon, going home, his dear
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page ninety-eight
Description:Describes Mrs. Potter, who runs his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Eytinge, Solomon; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Parton, James; Potter, Mrs.; Sturgis, Miss; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.