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at everybody in her terror.    Leslie got discour-
sing to Gladdy as to what she ought to do, in his arrogant,
well intentioned laying-down-the-law manner, one after-
noon, ventilating some of my sentiments, after his wont.
(That s one of his peculiarities.    Often he has the cheek to re-
produce my own opinions in talk with me, or to others in
my presence!)  He said she might do something   take
to a little practical charity, join some good women who try
to do God s work in helping their neighbours   what would
$100 be to her &c &c &c. ( Exquisite! as coming from
him, of all men the most ready to apologize for lack
of charity by the utterance of vile, scrape-farthing proverbs,
which he seems to think conclude the matter!)  Well
of course the boy takes it all to his mother.   She sends
him down stairs again with the request that Mr Leslie
will come up and see her.   Now they had exchanged
no word since the great row when she offered $100
reward for his cowhiding.    Feeling a little foolish, a
little proud, he wouldn t go.   So she came to him, 
her hair streaming about her ears like a wild woman.
He went through his platitudes as aforesaid. (There s
nothing he likes better than giving advice.)  If she didn t
do so and so, he told her, she d be in a lunatic asy-
lum in three weeks!  For the Lord s sake, don t say
so!  cries she.      Next morning   this   I met her,
going out or a walk.   She stopped and addressed
me   did I think she would get better? &c     I said
a sentence or two, when the unhappy woman receiving
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page ninety
Description:Regarding Mrs. Gouverneur's illness.
Date:1859-01-25
Subject:Boardinghouses; Gouverneur, Adolphus (''Gladdy''); Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, William; Mental illness; 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.