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the man in possession   or rather the flams, 
for Mrs P. had fibbed another story to the servants  
was blown, universally, folks talking it over at
the breakfast-table, Mrs P. didn t seem at all abash-
ed at being detected in lying.   A hard word for it, per-
haps, but the true one.    Unveracity becomes a part of
many womens  nature; they never think it shameful
or wrong for a second, or suppose others can take that
view of it.   Men, too   plenty of  em,   but I think women
the worse in this matter.   Their position necessitates it.
  Man in possession, by the bye, wanted to be affec-
tionate to the chamber-maid, who is on the queer side
of homely, Heaven knows!  Had an equivocal female 
up to see him, too, who took off her bonnet and sat
on the bed, and was incontinently put to flight
by Mrs P. on the report of indignant chambermaid.
  26.  Saturday.  Through the snow to Blake-
man s; paid him $10.   Working all day, drawing
on wood, till late at night.   Phonography.   Have
kept it up each day   intend (?) to continue so.
  27.  Sunday.  Chapin s twice, morning and eve-
ning.   Going into Honey s for some ale, in the morning,
the barman told me he d seen Mr Cahill at Wash-
ington Street, Brooklyn, last night (Honey has a tavern
there) drunk.  He seemed to have lots of money, said
he was going on a spree &c   wouldn t be persuaded
to leave it with me   sorry to see it!   when he gets
a going &c &c!                  Phonography and some scrib-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and twenty-four
Description:Comments on Mrs. Potter's untruthfulness.
Subject:Blakeman; Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Honey; 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.