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Mrs Dob, (smilingly and officiously)  I thought I generally could please you
Mr Tilton!
  Tilton  (savagely.)  You may yerself, but it don t follow you do others!
  (Mrs Dob helps him, sits down, trembles all over, smiles in a paralytical
manner, and after ten minutes space asks him for the salt, which he don t
give her.)
			     Drama the Second.
(Scene, the Dinner table, that meal being in progress, or rather drawing
towards its conclusion.)
  Mrs Dob, (with an air of interest and importance)  Mary! Mr Tilton s
plate.  
  Tilton, (to the Slavey)  Have you got apple pie?
  Mary. Yis Sirr.
  Tilton   Hot, or cold? (Mrs Dob watches with an air of extreme interest.
  Mary. Cold Sirr!
 (Tilton s eyes assume a truculent and revengeful expression, and he incon-
tinently dives at a dish containing clammy rice, a great spoonful of which
he deposits on his plate with vehemence.  Mary, with that obscurity of
intellect natural to her, brings a triangular fragment of cold apple pie to
him.  He sulkily rebuffs it.  Mrs Tilton meekly whispers a few
hurried suggestions about warming it at the stove.
  Tilton, (savagely)   Oh! Wot they buy at the Shop over the way!
 Exit the writer, whistling Lilliburlero after the fashion of Mine Uncle
Toby. Scene closes 	
				       /
  Drawing all the afternoon remaining, Homer dozing.   In the evening
went forth, and walked into 174 Mulberry, whereat Mr Greatbatch and
family now abide.   A low street, but good house.   Mr G nailing carpets
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page eighty-five
Description:Comments on a fellow boarder named Tilton.
Date:1851-04-23
Subject:Boardinghouses; Dobson, Mrs.; Food; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Homer; Mary; Tilton; Tilton, Mrs.; Toby; Women; Working class women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):174 Mulberry Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's attempts to find drawing work among New York publishers, brief employment in an architectural office, visits to his soldier friend William Barth on Governors Island, boarding house living, drawing at actor Edwin Forrest's home at Fonthill Castle, and sailing and walking trips taken with friends.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; 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.