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is really a kind and even generous-hearted man,
though as rough-hided as a bear ad possessing the
bitterest prejudices.     Nor, though capable of this really
Christian action, could he refrain from an almost
brutal exhibition of temper at our last Sunday s
dinner.     Some one or two persons were accidentally
helped before  him (poor Mrs Potter is generally 
accurate in observing the rue of  first come first ser-
ved   probably having bitter experience of the feuds
and jealousies evolved by neglect of it) when up he got,
declared himself insulted and marched off, subse-
quently dining at a restaurant.      Afterwards he vili-
fied Mrs Potter for half an hour or so.  I don t
know that the man wilfully took advantage of his
position of obliger, but doubtless it increased his
displeasure, the sense of having appeared in that
capacity.        Poor Mrs P! she knows well enough
that keeping a boarding-house isn t a bed of roses  
as all of her class do.     To be sure the house is but
indifferently managed   she hasn t the administrative
facility, besides being hampered for want of money.
I don t suppose the servants get paid very regularly,
I know the kitchen arrangements are principally make
shifts.   Mrs Church, and subsequently one of the
servants gave me some whimsical particulars as to
this.       I believe there s no coffee-pot   that liquor  
or what passes for it (for it s awful stuff) being brewed
in a tin-can!         Then the servants are constantly
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page twenty-six
Description:Regarding Mrs. Potter's management of his boarding house.
Date:1858-12-02
Subject:Boardinghouses; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Patten, Willis; Potter, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.