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growling comments on the bad features presen-
ted by the cookery.   There s scope enough, Heaven
knows.     I find Mrs P s domestic policy may be
reckoned up, thus: first to affect ignorance of and sup-
rise at deficiencies or atrocities; second to promise re-
medy; third to tire the complainant ^|ont| by never affording
it.     She lies, of course, when necessary; cackles like
all boarding-house women; and altogether is in her
right station.     Observation, got out of her and others:
Whenever a woman is inherently low, uses phrases
such as  he done it   we was  &c &c, when her
thoughts of others run in gutters, be sure that she
prides herself on her Gentility   is firmly convinced
that she is a Lady!         Every d____d woman in
the house, barring Mrs Church, had married Haney
to Mrs Levison before she d been a widow for a week;
and Leslie tells me of similar cackle anent myself
and Mrs Church!    Mrs Potter says she thinks
she d have accepted you.  Of course! it would
have been a good chance in their eyes.  With money,
too.                       Why do I chronicle this rot?
Thunder!  I wish I had mastered Phonography to
put it down more rapidly.  Am sticking at the art
of condensation though.             Saw the vulturous-
looking Watson, then engraver t other day.  Dressed
in black, thin as a man may be, bloodless   a 
strange figure.     He is working for the Harpers;
writing, says Banks for the paper.    Somehow that
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and fifty-nine
Description:Regarding the gossip discussed by the women in his boarding house.
Date:1859-03-28
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Boardinghouses; Bradbury (boarder); Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; Potter, Mrs.; Watson, John; 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.