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(I suggested that she might be hanged as the
result of any such indulgence, and she got chaffed
on the presumed probability of her carrying a revolver or
sling shot.)   Much boarding-house cackle anent her
and Mrs Potter whom she detested, as all this class
of people do detest one another: relations of mutual
recriminations on the subject of the women trash in
either house charging men boarders in the opposite with
appearing half dressed near the windows &c!    I was
a going to send a policeman over to you!  commenced
Mrs Pot, in a street altercation on this delectable
subject.        Dickens and the modern humorists in
painting this class of emphatically low people, makes
them amusing.      They are so but rarely, the offensive,
un-Christian selfishness and vanity of their natures
sticking out in every act and sentence, so that mixing
with them is rather humiliating than otherwise.     This
Mrs R s affectation and she-rowdyism would have
appeared monstrous and horrible to any gentle-hearted
Christian woman.   How little of real goodness and
civilization is displayed by such in daily life   their
entire behavior is an outrage on the self respect of
their fellow creatures.            As an instance of the
low moral tone openly avowed take the comments on
the Sickles case vented by the woman this evening. One
was brutally denunciatory of the wretched adultress for ac-
cepting her husband s pardon; the other thought her
a fool for not holding her tongue as to her guilt!
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page sixty-nine
Description:Regarding Mrs. Rich, who ran a nearby boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Firearms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Potter, Mrs.; Rich, Mrs.; Sickles, Daniel Edgar; Sickles, Daniel Edgar, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


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.