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decently managed in my new boarding-house
dynasty   on the whole suggestive of improvement on
Mrs Potters system.   Our feeding in the basement, which
room is very clean, cool, light and pleasant, ensures hot
dishes from the adjoining kitchen   always a rueful deficien-
cy in Mrs P s time.    The new landlady seems energetic
and very desirous of pleasing:  new brooms sweep clean. 
I ve steadfastly persisted in only monosyllabic civilities to
the Bradbury s and comparatively choked off the girl s
familiarities.  For the other boarders, I see but little of
them as yet.                It s funny and edifying to witness
both sides of a case.   Mrs P rather plumed herself on lea-
ving the house in good condition; her successor finds it
a phenomenon of dirt and uncleanliness   Mrs P inevita-
by supposed the new dynasty a deterioration; Mrs B.
as inevitably believes she will institute an immense impro-
vement.     The old boarders were disposed to be jocular
and depreciatory of the in-comers; the new suppose them-
selves superior to their predecessors.      Lord what fools
we mortals be!    Your e right, Puck!
  4.  Wednesday.   Both the old and the new landla-
dies prevalent about the top of the house this morning, 
fiercely polite to each other on questions of proprietorship
of furniture, each convined in mind that she herself
wanted  nothing but what was her own  and strongly sus-
pecting that the other did.     Round to Houston Street,
to Bob Gun s room, but did not do much work.  Tal-
king with Arnold a good part of the day.  He is worthy
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and twenty-two
Description:Describes the differences between Mrs. Potter and Mrs. Boley in managing his boarding house.
Date:1859-05-03
Subject:Arnold, George; Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Bradbury (boarder); Bradbury, Anna; Bradbury, Mrs. (boarder); Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Potter, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Houston 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.