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make her mind easy!   This she did, intending
all the time to pay Mrs Potter, but the poverty-begot-
ten instinct about the possession of money prompted her
to act thus unwisely and selfishly.    It s a game of self
all round in the Pounden family.  Father and mother
were both agreed in the idea that  Frank  ought to bring
his wages to them, to contract a marriage with a heiress
(!!!) and generally immolate himself, especially, to his
odious father.  The mother set her face against Pounden s
honest, sharp-tempered, voluble Yankee wife, from the out-
set, ordered ^|her| about like a servant, was always carping
and commenting in her pleasant Irish way and generally
behaved in a femininely-irrational manner.   The father
hinted that the mother was a strumpet and the child
a bastard and went lying about him everywhere. Now
Frank Pounden (a little, cocky, well meaning, hospitable,
shrewdish, business-like-fellow with a devilish good
opinion of himself) on hearing his mothers exodus
from 132 Bleecker, meets Leslie and declares that
Mrs Potter has  behaved very badly  to her.  Which, of
course, he ventilates at the breakfast table.  And then
the women vilify the Pounden family generally!    Poun-
den pere must be kept by his wife.  He is loafing about,
drunk in bar rooms, said to be sick &c, still.
  There is no dirtier pride than that of your people who
have been better off.   Every favor done to them they recog-
nize as a right, proferred by beings of inferior station.
I have heard, too, Mrs Pounden say she  never expected
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page thirty-nine
Description:Regarding the Pounden family.
Date:1858-12-11
Subject:Boardinghouses; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, William; Potter, Mrs.; Pounden; Pounden, Frank; Pounden, Frank, Mrs.; Pounden, Mrs.
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.