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lady has no poco-curate indifference to but
a sworn hatred to dirt.      Take one instance out
of many I have noticed.    During my three years
experience of this house, I have, in common with others,
been subject to an occasional offactory nuisance, origi
nating in rats dying and putrifying in a certain por-
tion of the back parlor, our old dining-room.   I re-
member it at least half a dozen times, perhaps more.
It was complained of, but disposed of by Mrs Potter
with affirmation that they, the rats, were  in the wall 
unget-at-able, in short, and in extreme instances with
chloride of lime.       Sometimes the odor was so bad no-
body would sit near the spot.       Well, one of the
first achievements of the new dynasty was to poison
the rats (there s any amount of them) when, of course
they resorted to their Greenwood to die.  Room stunk,
lady-boarder complained, wouldn t sleep there.   This
morning carpenter was called in, took up three planks
and there, just beneath, were five  grewsome corpses. 
Place is to filled up and that nuisance ended.        In
fact poor Mrs Potter s golden rule was Don t do anything
you can avoid doing.   And like most folks who try to take
things particularly easy she only increased her tribulations.
  20.  Friay.  [Phonography] and writing.  Bob Gun up, with
block for big cut.   Drawing till 6 when Haney came,
bidding me to the Edwards .    He supped with me,
then for Broaway together.    A little  swarry  in honor
of Sally s 18th birthday.    Parton present when we
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and thirty-six
Description:Regarding Mrs. Boley's manner of managing his boarding house compared to Mrs. Potter's.
Date:1859-05-19
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James; Potter, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.