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being changed, the cooks proving a perfect procession
of incapables.     Most of them mar good victuals in the
most awfully Irish style.     Some sham sick in the first
or second day of their engagement   a Celtic
way of discharging themselves, amounting to a national
trait.       They haven t courage enough to say they want
to go, so resort to cunning, as all slavish natures do.
Only two or three weeks back, Mrs Edward s Irish servant
girl deserted them in a similarly characteristic manner.
She  went out for a walk  one evening, and sent a friend to
inform the family she shouldn t come back, as she was
going to be married!  Had removed her luggage, secretly,
before hand!    Had Mrs E. known of it she would, 
so far from objecting, assisted the girl in life.      I think
this so intensely Irish that it s worth putting down.   To
return to Mrs P.     Her idea of happiness centres in pas-
sivity and charitable dillentante-ism.    She would be well
content to devote herself to some City Mission &c   has
belonged to such heretofore.    She has a mild pride in never
having been to a theatre, thinking, probably, it will be
put down to her credit by the recording angel.  She
has the usual American woman s notions about Tem-
perance, and in argument retrenches herself in impreg-
nable repetition.  Ordinarily she is very good-humored
and placable, letting the incapables have much of their
own way, unless their insolence fires her Irish blood,
when she is capable of summary action.  She is not
entirely veracious.  (Mrs Church is the only woman
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page twenty-seven
Description:Regarding Mrs. Potter and a former Irish servant girl of Mrs. Edwards.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Irish; Potter, Mrs.; Women; Working class women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


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.