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to raise which is  hard scratching.           I must
write to him.      To Post Office, Spring St, after
dinner then the rain sent me back to my room.  Wri-
ting till 11 or later.    Mist and muzzle outside.
  In many respects the new dynasty at our board-
ing-house is an improvement on the old.  Mrs Bowley
is a bustling, energetic woman, her own best servant,
without a jot of idea that it s anyway undignified
to do chores and wait on folks, or indeed without
any desire to play my lady.   We get better breakfasts,
meats &c being brought in from the kitchen fire to
the boarders, individually, as they appear, not as hereto-
fore allowed to chill in a big dish on the table from
ten minutes or more before the bell rings.    The coffee
(which was so bad during the Potter dynasty that I
never partook of it) is now comparatively excellent.
Dinners are perhaps a trifle inferior, generally one
joint allowing no other choice, but that joint is pretty
satisfactory, though some alertness is necessary to pre-
vent one s portion being anointed with the Yankee abomi-
nation miscalled  gravy  vizi, liquid grease.  Puddings
&c, decent.    Supper well enough.      Both the servants
seem attached to their mistress, a good sign.  Board-
ers good-humored.  Don t know  em minutely enough
for discrimination, yet.           A great routing out
and cleaning out of what Mrs Tabitha Bramble de-
nominates  slit-holes.    The house was, really, in a
very dirty condition and I can see that our new land
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and thirty-five
Description:Regarding Mrs. Boley's manner of managing his boarding house compared to Mrs. Potter's.
Date:1859-05-19
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Potter, Mrs.; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Spring Street
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

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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.