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her sex, she is  posted up  as to literary matters
and men.   This evening she volunteered a lot of cackle
about Thackeray being fond of a fast girl here   a 
Miss Sally Baxter or some such name,   of his writing
letters to her, giving her $100 shawls &c, professing
to have heard of the correspondence from the  lady  s own
lips.     The thing might have had some foundation in inno-
cent truth, might have been pure invention, it was just
that loose sort of story which gossips invent and fools be-
lieve.    Governess dropped a good illustration of how the
desire to seem knowing above others will tempt weak natures
to lying   saying that one of her own sex    a lady,  of course
  had informed her she was personally cognizant of the
truth of that infamous slander which once made Charlotte
Bronte the mistress of Thackeray.               It s women
who invent and believe these things for the most part.  We
know what men are! quoth governess.      They say she
has an unhappy idea that people are disposed to look down
upon her, in consequence of her position.   I dare say it s not
too pleasant a one.    Nothing is more calculated to make
a person irritable and perhaps selfish than the feeling
that nobody cares for you.
  4.  Wednesday.  Very sick and weak   headache, diarrhea
and laudanum.   Phonography for a couple of hours.   Down
town in the afternoon.    To F. Leslie s, Pic Office &c.   Met
F. Leslie returning and walked a block or so with him.
Met Thomson & Ottarson subsequently.      Evening to bed,
being ill & in pain.
5.	Thursday.  Sick, still.   Out in the afternoon.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and seventy-four
Description:Describes gossip heard from a governess living in his boarding house about William Makepeace Thackeray.
Date:1858-08-03
Subject:Baxter, Sally; Bronte, Charlotte; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, Frank; Ottarson; Thackeray, William Makepeace; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); 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.