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dress, a regular mop of curls, and a substantial
physique generally.   She wears short frock which exhi-
bits her legs to full advantage.   Nobody can be angry
with her long, she is so good-humored.  But I fear she
knows more than she ought to.       Her father s a good
sort of man enough, talks with a palpable Yorkshire
accent, has known this country some twenty or thirty years,
seems familiar with Canada, owns stocks, and interrupts
you when speaking.    He and Mrs Potter have established
a mild jocularity about  bulls and bears  &c which she
generally broaches, day after day, at table.  Mrs Brad-
bury is a commonish looking woman, who, Leslie says,
has money in her own right.  He always finds out that
sort of thing.                 I don t know whether I ve put
down that Miss Pierson, a boarder when I first came
here, has returned.  Then, she had very eccentric ways,
used to roll up her money into a ball and throw it at
Mrs Potter, with an emphatic  There!  ^|and| came out with
denunciatory remarks after the style of  Mr F s
Aunt  in Little Dorrit, at table.      I remember her
using one sentence, which Dicken s has put in that lady s
mouth    I hate Fools!     Eytinge and Bill Waud
would sit and grin and giggle at her, and she was especially
down upon them.     Now she is quite changed, having, 
apparently resigned herself to her fate   old maidenhood.
Mrs Potter says she was a beauty once.  Poor woman! She
is civil, quiet and friendloy now.  Poor woman!
     Oh me!  How much to sympathize with and
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page thirty-one
Description:Regarding the other boarders in his boarding house, including Anna Bradbury and Miss Pierson.
Date:1858-12-02
Subject:Bradbury (boarder); Bradbury, Anna; Bradbury, Mrs. (boarder); Children; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, William; Pierson, Miss; Potter, Mrs.; Waud, William; 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.