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charge, details of her husbands refusing $50 bills,
his resisting her entreaties to take them ( for I m sure we
wanted it, bad enough!  said the poor woman)  furthermore
stating that the Tribune reporter had been bribed by Pat-
tens adversaries.     Of course one took it al quietly.    She
has been eloquent ever since on the subject, to Pierce, to all
the women, to Mrs Potter.   Equally of course she has   not
converted, because our landlady naturally ranged herself on
the side of her boarder   but made a partisan of her.      It is
edifying and delightful to see Mrs Potter in that capacity.
When Mrs Patten laments her hippopotamus s honesty
in not taking bribes   seeing he s got no good by it    this
charge trumped up &c    Mrs Potter declares, Yes, he
has the satisfaction of a good Conscience!   This is her usual,
perhaps not unnatural r le towards persons whom  tis her
interest to keep in with.  She is a thousandfold more severe
on Cahill   a comparatively much younger sinner than Bob
Gun, who she declares is quite a gentleman and very po-
lite, because forsooth he used to give her his money in one
envelope, not in an indecent naked $5 bill.           (He had
lots of bundles of envelopes, and wanted to sell  em   so he
could well spare one a week to do the polite.)   Then
he used to say  fine morning, Mrs Potter! or  I think
we shall have room &c  and such common-place civility-
formula, which all common place, ignorant women think
the height of breeding and gentlemanlyness.  She affects to
regard him as a young man who is  led away  who might
be converted &c, while poor Cahill is an irredeemable
miscreant   utterly without principle.   Now Gun s superior
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and forty-six
Description:Regarding reaction in the boarding house about the Willis Patten scandal.
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; New York tribune.; Patten, Willis; Patten, Willis, Mrs.; Pierce; Potter, Mrs.
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.