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the pleasantest rooms in the house.    Went through
it, with Mrs Potter, Miss Cooper, Leslie &c.    Found
old Miss Sturgis at the top of the house where she is to
be domesticated.     Haney has a pretty spacious top front
room.   The only ones which would come within compass of
my purse are small and will be horribly hot in sum-
mer   have little, abominable square windows.   We found
Mrs Gouverneur lying on her bed.    On Mrs P s being
at the Bleecker St house this afternoon a dead set
was made at her by the Bradbury s.  Even the old man
joined in.    I had thought him not ill-natured, but
a fool is capable of anything, and doubtless his beast
of a wife set him on.     The girl threw shavings or
egg-shells at Mrs P! This is her repart, true enough
in the main no doubt, though she is tarred out of
the same brush as the Bradburys.      One of the most
melancholy things attendant on these hates and spites
and squabblings is that people who are capable of bet-
ter things are drawn into them, deteriorated and
bedeviled.      Knowing and seeing them in detail, find-
ing how they selfishness and meanness cling to all of
us, how easy it to pass from profound pity
and sympathy to Swift s dreadful view of life, find-
ing so much evidence to back it!      Sometimes when
wrathful at the damned things one who keeps his
eyes open cannot help seeing, I fancy I should like
to have heard Swift talk of his fellow creatures.
Yet I know I should rise up in profound misery.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and fifteen
Description:Regarding a row between Mrs. Potter and the Bradbury family.
Date:1859-05-02
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bradbury (boarder); Bradbury, Anna; Bradbury, Mrs. (boarder); Cooper, Lucia; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, William; Potter, Mrs.; Sturgis, Miss
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.