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	The Servant-Girl at 745.
by his advice, not had the tooth extracted, sub-
mitting to leeching for relief.)    What the girl
told me about their servant is curious and amu-
singly illustrative of how we are judged, summed-
up, liked and disliked by a class which we are
not over prone to accredit with acumen.   This
servant is a Scotchwoman with a temper of her
own, often  as [word crossed out] saucy as she can be  to her
mistress or to others whom she has no liking for,
especially to Mrs Honeywell, Charley s mother.
When that lady (who has a bonnet and cap store
in the upper portion of the premises) sends down to
the basement to borrow a cup, a saucer, any
small article, the Scottish damsel responds with
the curtest of replies, saying that the required
utensil is  engaged  that  the family  need all their
crockery &c.         Mrs H. is an Irishwoman and
the girl hates her.       She has little love, either, for
the rest of the family, excepting only Sally, her
she is devoted to.      At first, she naively confes-
sed, she thought her very distant and lady-like
and wondered if she would ever be friendly and
familiar.       She thought too, a la Susan Nipper,
that Sally seemed alone in the familyx and un-
cared for and told her so, adding that  them s
the kind she always took to.    She will do any-
thing for Sally, delights in coddling her, in pre-
  x Sally remembers crying over  the Ugly Duckling  in her childhood.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and four
Description:Regarding the servant girl working for the Edwards family.
Date:1860-11-13
Subject:Dentists; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Honeywell, Mrs.; Working class women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-04-27

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen
Description:Includes descriptions of attending a lecture by J.H. Siddons on Queen Victoria; seeing tightrope walker Charles Blondin perform; boarding house living; his freelance writing and drawing work; visits to the Edwards family and his friendship with Sally Edwards; a visit of the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII of Great Britain, to New York; his work as a reporter for ''The New York World;'' a visit to a dog fighting establishment; an evening spent at the 4th Ward police station awaiting 1860 election returns; and Gunn's experience as a correspondent for ""The New York Evening Post"" in Charleston, South Carolina, in the aftermath of South Carolina's secession from the federal government.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Civil War; Elections; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Police; Publishers and publishing; Secession; Slavery; Slaves; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Charleston, South Carolina
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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.