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said they wanted very much attention and paid
much less than she could get for the room.   Also that
when in a slight fit of economy Mrs P. cut off the Tribune,
that Martin was desperately ironical on her until she resu-
med taking it   he couldn t bear to expand twelve cents
weekly, himself!     If anybody got the paper before him
after breakfast, he d sit and hate  em, unconsciously
feeling that it was an outrage offered to religion!  Not
that the man was unkindly, for he was really good   but
most accursedly narrow-minded!     Then, too, as to the
nicety of the family, I will chronicle one exceedingly nasty
thing.    During the hardest part of winter, when going
down-stairs to the water-closet might be considered
cold   not to hint at the chance of old Patten (a perfect
beast in that respect) having pre-occupied it   the Martin
family actually made a cloaca of a closet for weeks and 
weeks, and the servant girls used to leave, one after
another, demurring at having to empty the chamber pots,
Mrs P, of course, backing the nice family!    Sol Eytinge
and Bill Waud were so indignant at the nastiness of
this revelation, that they tried for another boarding-house.
I remember one of  em figuring the boy Daniel sitting
stinking in the closet, with the rest of the family occu-
pied in singing a hymn, around him!!!!
  What a lot of odious things I ve got down, in this
book!   these books!   By the way I ve given Patten too
much credit for generosity with Mrs Potter.  He took her
jewelry, trinkets &c   not money of em Heaven knows  
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page forty-one
Description:Regarding the Martin family, who used to live at his boarding house.
Date:1858-12-11
Subject:Boardinghouses; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Martin, Daniel; Martin, Professor; Patten, Willis; Potter, Mrs.; Waud, William
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.