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louse &c.   Pleasant! when you have spent
some thousands of dollars already.  The man had
too, dunned and insulted Roberts over-night before
others, at the St Nicholas.   He had been paid some,
with promise of more.   I felt very sorry for Roberts.
Left by 1  , to Pic Office, met Bellew &c.  Wri-
ting at night.
  25.  Tuesday.   Down town, Post, Pic, Omnibus
and Constellation Offices.     Benjamin at the latter, sit-
ting conversing with Roberts  brother.    To F. Leslie s.
Met Gun.     Returned up town, writing.    Went to
see the Jewells at night.                  Mrs Gouverneur
is half-crazed with nervousness and dread of being
worse.   She has almost used up every woman, who will 
consent to be used by her, in the house.   She cries and
yells and hangs on to them worries them with ceaseless
importunities about herself, for remedies, pity &c &c.
One of her doctors refused further visits, saying he could
do her no good, and, privately, that she would go mad!
She now has another.  There is some physical reason
at the back of it, but undoubtedly her thoroughly hollow,
selfish, trashy, weather cock nature has worked out a
terrible punishment.   She has no real friend in the
world, expect these people, who recognize her merely as
a suffering human being, knowing at the same time there
is no truth and honesty in her.   Her sordid nature
shows as usual in spite of her suffering   she hates to
pay money when due and dunned Mrs Potter so-persis-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page eighty-eight
Description:Regarding Mrs. Gouverneur's illness and treatment of the female boarders in their boarding house.
Date:1859-01-24
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Benjamin, Park; Boardinghouses; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mental illness; Potter, Mrs.; Roberts, George; 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.