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I ve known on this side of the Atlantic who was
But she s a true lady   a highly-bred lady.)   Mrs
P. has her little inquisitivenesses, and, though she pro-
fesses ultra honor about small matters, the servants
say she listens on the stairs to their kitchen conversa-
tions.    How many mistresses are there who would
do this and never dream they were behaving meanly!
I know that the old woman (poor old body! she
is sick, now, and doesn t appear at table) is a spy,
as well a perfect nigger-driver to the girls.  She
entertains an idea that they, and children, need per-
petual quelling and poking up.         The pecuniary
relations of the family are as follows.    Mrs P.
keeps the old woman, Mrs Carpenter finding her
in clothes.  Mrs Cooper prefers stopping with her
eldest daughter, as the one possessing the easiest
disposition   probably Carpenter would object to
 mother in law,  as Mrs Potter hints.   Mrs Carpen-
ter, too, keeps her sister Lucia (Miss Cooper) in
clothes, Mrs Griffin doing the rest.      Tis pity
Miss C. is n t married, her position can hardly be
a satisfactory one.  They say she had plenty of op-
portunities once.  She honestly regrets having let them
pass, now.                          Pierce leaves our boarding-
house, for a joint-room with his brother, in a week.
This leaves a third room empty (Cahill s & Gun s
being the other two) adding to Mrs Potter s embar-
rassment.  She supposes him to be in part influen-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page twenty-eight
Description:Regarding the women residing at his boarding house.
Date:1858-12-02
Subject:Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Carpenter, Mrs.; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Cooper, Lucia; Cooper, Mrs.; Griffin, Mrs.; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Pierce; 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.