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or leaning out of the open windows.     Saw Sey-
mour.     To room by 11, writing for an hour or
more afterwards.
  3.  Friday.  In doors all day writing and draw-
ing (Pic cuts, big and little.)   Visited by Mrs
Potter s ex-chambermaid, Mary, who, having commen-
ced life as a washerwoman and called on Mrs Brad-
bury soliciting employment, mounted up stairs to ask
me to write her a line or two in testimony of her
fitness to take charge of one of the  city children, 
Mrs Bradbury not possessing penmanship enough to
do so.   While getting this tribute to her own charac-
ter, Mary tattled at the expense of her late mistress,
who, as I knew had charged her with escheating
some $3 placed in her hands for delivery to the
cook.     This is asserted to have taken place a month
or two before Mary s dismissal.    Her story is that
the charge was false, also, that Mrs P. deduced the
money from her wages, thus cheating her.     Very Irish,
on both sides   especially the keeping secret about
it until Mrs. P could dispense with the servants ser-
vices     Furthermore Mary let out that Mrs Potter s
baker was exceedingly anxious to find her address
as she owed him over $20.        As both the women
are pretty much of the same caliber, I let them testi-
fy against one another.   Mrs P. always represented
herself as a paragon of mistresses, yet as I have
remarked, she never hesitated at throwing the girls
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page nine
Description:Describes a visit from Mary the chambermaid, asking him to write a letter of reference for her.
Date:1859-06-02
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bradbury, Mrs. (boarder); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mary (chambermaid); Potter, Mrs.; Seymour, Charles (Bailey); Women; Working class women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; 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.