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not even to think of her.    The fellows say
she scowls hatred at me behind my pretty broad
back and I know she pumps the servants
about and lies to them respecting me.   A black
haired, deformed, dwarfish luring woman, who
raddles her old face with rouge so that the dullest
sighted can t avoid perceiving it, who swears at
her husband, has furious rows with him, keeps
the Biddies whole mornings about her selfish necessi-
ties and spends a third of her time in the water-
closet, the key of which she has stolen.    We call
her the Peri of the Privy.        Several times she
has kept this cabinet d aisance locked for three
days together, partly for her own delightful ne-
cessities, partly by way of annoyance to our party.
I ended this summarily by an intimation that
I should break the door open   in which Mrs
Bowley authorized.       The Doctor, the Peri s
owner, has got sent to Coventry in consequence
of his carpings at the woman.   He s one of Swift s
nice men with nasty ideas, prone to try sarcasm
on those who can t hit back, when he s mildly
drawn enough.     Ordinarily too civil by half.
  Some four or five young men boarders
have just left.    Indeed many changes have pas-
sed unchronicled.   First Le Blond   the man
with the watchman s rattle laugh   left.   More recent-
ly, Banker, a good-humored man in a black
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and forty-eight
Description:Regarding Mr. and Mrs. Kinne, who live in his boarding house.
Date:1859-11-22
Subject:Banker (boarder); Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kinne; Kinne, Mrs.; Leblond; 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.