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other day.   The little girl looked well, smiled
and wore curls, nor her wont.
  14.  Thursday.  A disgustingly wet day, wind
blowing down stove pipe and grate filling room with the
odor of sulphur and sometimes covering paper, table &
writer with dust.   Writing letter to Hannah, and mis-
cellaneous chores.                Mrs Gouverneur having, with
her tail of attendants, returned from Savannah in appar-
ently perfect health, after staying in this house for a
few days, set off on Tuesday afternoon for Cold Spring,
her residence, taking with her, Gladdy and the old woman,
Mrs Cooper.    The daughter of the latter, Lucia, wouldn t
go, having been pretty nearly used up by Mrs G. on the
sea-voyage.    Well, when the party had got safely housed 
after their fifty miles of railroad journey and nine
of carriage   brought by brother-in-law   what does our
widow do next morning?     Discovers that she can t
exist without Lucia.  So the whole party, increased
by little minx May, all bowl back to the city and Ble-
ecker Street again.   And here she is, rampant as
ever!     The poor old woman, nearly eighty, got a bad
cold, and is nearly dead beat.               I find that the
two persons who are most influential in this house are
firstly Mrs Gouverneur, secondly Leslie.  Mrs Pot
knows the first thoroughly, has had experience of her
falsity, flightiness, meanness and infernal selfishness
YET she knows the woman has money and    
It s the same all round.   Miss Cooper complains of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and eighty-two
Description:Regarding Mrs. Gouverneur's dropped plans to go to Cold Spring because she did not want to leave Miss Cooper behind.
Date:1859-04-13
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Boardinghouses; Brooks, Nina; Cooper, Lucia; Cooper, Mrs.; Gouverneur, Adolphus (''Gladdy''); Gouverneur, May; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, William; Potter, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street
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.