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keep themselves to themselves, and don t talk
at table.  Husband thin, spare, down-looking, with an
Americanized Louis Napoleonic cast of countenance.  Wife
a Jewess, thin, spare with very black hair   too prounouncee
to be pretty.   When she speaks utters the thinnest inani-
ties.    Three boys, no wise objectionable outwardly   Mrs Moore,
divorced wife, has room next to mine.  Youngish, with
rather a low forehead, plebeian face, not ill-looking.
Too eagerly-agreable in talk to people, and smiles in
advance of your observations   not pleasantly because
too much so.     Husband behaved very badly to her,
says Mrs P.   she got a divorce from him.    Of course.
Stops away from the house a week altogether, understood
to be visiting relatives.   Had a sister here to see her   ra-
ther superior in appearance.     Makes friends with poor
Miss Pierson, whom I m beginning to like, because she
isn t a humbug.   What a life for a woman, plain,
over forty, living in a front attic of a boarding-house, in
receipt of no attentions from anybody, or from what I see,
no affection.   Nothing to do, too.        One portrait I have
not yet sketched, Miss Cooper, Mrs Potter s sister, 
the only unmarried one of the family.   Amiable   so
much so that it affects one painfully.   Even pleasant-
looking, possessing no such essentially Irish features
as her sister.   Sensible too, though too apt to follow
one s conversational lead with undue pliancy.   Self-
respective and self-sacrificing, nurses her mother as-
siduously and is tormented by Mrs Gourverneur by day
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page ninety-three
Description:Comments on the other boarders living at 132 Bleecker Street.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Cooper, Lucia; Cooper, Mrs.; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; King (boarder); King, Mrs. (boarder); Moore, Mrs.; Pierson, Miss; Potter, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


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.