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borrow something, as books, envelopes,
cents &c (generally failing in each) and as-
ked a thousand impertinent questions.     She
hooked a book once, when I came down upon
her sharply and forbade future visits.     The
like familiarities she extended throughout the
house, partly actuated by her own impudence,
partly no doubt by the instructions of her step-
mother.   That gluttonous, ignorant, low-natu-
red misplaced washerwoman (who possesses dia-
monds! the women say) piques herself on  finding
out  all about things.   When she goes to a water-
ing place hotel, she affirms that she always
visits the kitchens &c, sits up at night in or-
der to watch  what s going on     wouldn t go to
sleep on any account!      Old Bradbury beyond
being a wretched old bore in a smooth and pain-
fully palpable wig, addicted to tipsyfying him-
self down town of mornings and talking the drear-
iest and most inconclusive jobations in a broad
Yorkshire dialect, chiefly dispraise of American
and laudation of the dry-goods business as car-
ried in thirty years ago   beyond all this he
is harmless.        Well, step mother or daughter
got to tattling with the woman-half of a quiet
couple, a German with an English wife, who
don t show at table, rendering said woman
half dissatisfied about the price paid for board,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page forty-three
Description:Describes the Bradbury family.
Date:1859-07-09
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bradbury, Anna; Bradbury (boarder); Bradbury, Mrs. (boarder); Children; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Women; Working class women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

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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.