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bably in some delicate question about prostitutes.
Came away by 11 and to bed.   Rainyish night.
  27.  Wednesday.  Jolly row at our breakfast-table,
almost general, in consequence of approaching breaking
up.    The Pattens move to-day to another boarding-house,
the Eldredge s (wiser they) to housekeeping at lodgings,
whither the old gentleman has already preceded them.
The Kings design accompanying Mrs Potter, as do the rest
of the boarders, with the exception of the Bradburys   in
case Mrs P. does take another house which seems very
problematical.     Well, to the row.   Nearly all the fami-
lies in the house are tremendously down upon the Brad-
burys, especially the Kings, who have a big room on the
same floor.     King, of late has been letting off remarks
indicative of a desire for a shindy and this morning it
came.    He commenced by addressing Patten, inquiring
about his new boarding house.   No Jews there? are
there?  said he.  Then he diverged into a general
statement criminatory of Mrs Bradbury who sate op-
posite to him.    That  good lady  he remarked, had
been pleased to call his children  Jews,  on some occa-
sions adding  d____d Jews  and even  d____d stinking
Jews.     Now, it was true that his wife s mother was a 
Jewess, also a very amiable, religious and exemplary
person, everyway superior to the persons opposite; but
granting that his children were Jews he wanted to
know where the reproach lay? where the laugh came in?
That was what he wanted to know.    This he kept
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and one
Description:Regarding a row between King and Mrs. Bradbury at their boarding house.
Date:1859-04-26
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bradbury (boarder); Bradbury, Mrs. (boarder); Eldredge; Eldredge, Mrs.; Eldredge, Sr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jews; King (boarder); King, Mrs. (boarder); Patten, Willis; Patten, Willis, Mrs.; Potter, Mrs.
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.