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	    Mrs. G. and Mrs. Potter.
servants included, would follow Mrs.
Griffin s son into the stable or barn, insomuch
that he complained of it, and objected to speak-
ing to her.           Miss Cooper repeats, again and 
again that  she is a bad woman   a wicked
woman,  but I could not get her to pronounce
on the widow s practical criminality.    It was
only on my venting my conviction as to Gladdy s
paternity, that Mrs. Potter was moved to
the above delightful revelations.    She declares
she  hoped she would lead a better life;  she
 wanted to encourage her to it,  &c; hence she
kept silence.      Of course interest had its weight;
for though Mrs. G never pays her debts till
dunned, though she was mean and dishonest
in a thousand small ways   she stole towels
and carried them off to Cold Spring; they
were discovered in her drawers by Mrs. P.  
she wouldn t pay for the gas she consumed and
Mrs. P. used to turn it off at the meter, leaving
the widow and her visitors in darkness  
though she did these and more, yet her occa-
sional occupancy of rooms, Rawson s board
&c were desirable items in the debit and credit
account of a not prosperous boarding-housekeeper.
Mrs. G. owes $50 or more for Rawson s board
now, but having gone security to Mrs. P. s
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page thirty-three
Description:Describes a conversation with Mrs. Potter and Miss Cooper about Mrs. Theodore Griffin's past.
Date:1860-01-23
Subject:Boardinghouses; Cooper, Lucia; Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur, Adolphus (''Gladdy''); Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Potter, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of the New York literary Bohemians, visits to the Edwards family, the activities of London detective Arthur Ledger who is staying in his boarding house, Thomas Nast's courtship of Sally Edwards, two masked balls at his boarding house, a visit to Lotty Granville at Fordham, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, and a visit to the ''Phalanx'' in New Jersey with George Boweryem.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Detectives; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Fordham, New York; New Jersey
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.