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stories to Mrs Gouverneur.   The old woman who in time
past used to smoke a short-pipe, until civilization and her
daughter stopped that indulgence, would do anything for a
glass of hot grog and Mrs Gouverneur used sometimes to
give her one.     Often of a night have I met her toiling up-
stairs, groaning, towards Mrs G s attic.      Gladdy would
sometimes meet her by the way with a lie in his mouth, to
the effect that his mother was out.  (Mrs G. had no sort of
scruple in ordering her children to lie in her behalf.   Only
the other day, May, while being licked upbraided her with
 You can t believe a word that woman says!    She had pro-
bably heard this said of her mother.)      Mrs Cooper used
to beat her daughters cruelly, when they were young   Mrs P.
because she wouldn t marry a rich and elderly man.      She
hates to see Mrs P. reading   like many of her generation  
and hides books away from her.        On Sundays, after some
display of authority to the servants or ordinary meanness,
you see her befogging herself in the front parlor in a rocking
chair, her head mid-nodding over a ponderous bible.     God
help her! she may get something out of it, but I think its
only a pure superstitious regard for the letter   a confused
idea that as she s a very old woman reading the bible is
the right thing to do, an infliction that she d better under-
go, in  view of being paid for it afterwards.    What a sor-
did life to produce such a result.
  13.  Thursday.   Pounden didn t get off yesterday.  His
Father met him at 3 P. M.         A fortnight ago he told me
of the probability of his undertaking this voyage, requesting me
to keep it a secret.    I did so, and only by chance heard of his
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and forty-five
Description:Describes Mrs. Cooper, Mrs. Potter's mother.
Date:1858-05-12
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Cooper, Mrs.; Gouverneur, Adolphus (""Gladdy""); Gouverneur, May; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Potter, Mrs.; Pounden; Pounden, Frank; Religion; Women
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.