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and night.   There s just a spice of mammon-
worship in this, though, and much more in Mrs
Potter.     Not that they really expect to get anything out
of the woman, they know her meanness and selfish-
ness too well   but still she is a rich woman.    Miss
C. honestly confesses she would like to be married
  doubtless, naturally, hopes yet to be so, though the
chances are dead against her, for she is poor, not
young   especially for America   not brilliant, nor 
accomplished.   I think she has concluded that if a
husband is to be had, it is only by dint of steady,
perpetual, martyrising persistence in amiability.  She
carries this out so, that though it may be unjust, you
can t help suspecting its entire genuineness.  You would
be relieved if g she would only dissent from you.
I recollect catching one trait of nature   thoroughly
feminine in its way   clean contrary to her usual
r le, at Niagara.     Talking of Weighty Griffin, she
said  I wonder everybody calls her pretty   why she
hasn t a good feature in her countenance,  and then
criticized it in detail.    Now there was truth, really,
in what she said, yet Weighty is pretty for all that
  the expression of her features, her youth, hair, plump
plumpness and manner justifying the popular impres-
sion.       I don t wonder that poor Lucia, without any
prospect of being married, should revel in her woman s
heart at the loose praises bestowed on perhaps a 
shallower person.     I didn t feel inclined to laugh
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page ninety-four
Description:Regarding Lucia Cooper, who lives in his boarding house.
Date:1859-01-25
Subject:Cooper, Lucia; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Griffin, Weighty (Davis); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Potter, Mrs.; 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.