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to have to  do this and that   as though it were
some superior qualification.   You would be indirectly
called upon to sympathize with her odious worser-
half because he had to clean his own boots!  When
one s gorge actually rose at the fellow s presence.
A decent shoe-black were a fellow to be honored beside
him.     Poverty brings out odious and little character-
istics in human nature as well as good ones.  As
I am ^|now| not on mean topics let me add a dab more
to turn the scale.     Talking over the supper-table
of the Martin family, Mrs Potter offered some of
her conventional praise of them, apropos of Daniel s
training, adding that the cause of their leaving the
house was that  conversation was carried on over the
Sunday dinners  which Mr Martin couldn t approve
of!   The notion of that little, frail, cavernous-
eyed, white-toothed, black-haired, sharp-edged, 
conscientiously narrow-minded pen-knife of a man
sitting in judgment on all around him!  Of course
it was only half-true, as I knew they wanted and
had long intended to get a house of their own.  But
to see the ineffable, stupid, placid championship
of this bit of Presbitterian orthodoxy on the part
of Mrs Potter   her thorough conviction that  a clergy-
man  ought to be bowed down to   that his presence
added  respectability  to a boarding-house   to see this
was to marvel, if one could marvel at anything!
When I recollect that on their departure that she
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page forty
Description:Regarding the Martin family, who used to live at his boarding house.
Date:1858-12-11
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Martin, Daniel; Martin, Professor; Potter, Mrs.; Pounden; Pounden, Mrs.
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.