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thin boots and wet feet.   Returning met my Newport
acquaintance Helmsm ller, and drank with him.   So
wearied in mind and body that I had to lie on bed and
read for the afternoon.      Eheu!            It appears
that 132 Bleecker Street has just escaped a social catas-
trophe.  Owing to the hard times, rooms being vacant,
Cahill s debt and other matters, Mrs Pottter has been
in arrears for rent, agent and landlord calling time
after time.   A year ago or so, Patten lent her $100,
Mrs Gouverneur advancing the same.  The latter took inte-
rest for her money, besides tattling of the load to everybody,
spronging on her borrower whenever she and her brood came
to town, and finally putting Rawson in, to take it out
in board.  She should never get it  otherwise, as she told
me, again and again.       Old Patten took no interest, in
this and in other ways, amply repaying poor Mrs Potter s
former kindness to himself and wife, before he got his
berth of harbor-master, when they had run up a very
heavy bill.        Well, last Saturday came a crisis.
The landlord would wait no longer, and proposed clearing
out Mrs Potter at once.       All her furniture (not of
the first quality, by the bye, from long usage) was already
mortgaged as deeply as possible.            She could apply
to nobody in the house to help her, save Patten, again.
He, to his honor did it.   The landlord is a personal
friend of his, and Patten went security.   If Mrs
Potter fails to meet her indebtedness, the Pattens  will
be muleted some $500 or more.          Our harbormaster
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page twenty-five
Description:Regarding Mrs. Potter's financial troubles
Date:1858-12-02
Subject:Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Helmsmuller; Patten, Willis; Patten, Willis, Mrs.; Potter, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):132 Bleecker Street
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.