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	A typical Irishwoman.
ing house is decreasing in the number of its
inmates, the Ham took herself off yesterday;
regretted by nobody, unless perhaps by little
Mrs. Geary.       They used to kiss when they met,
and do a good deal of the desperately affection-
ate, when only acquainted a week or so; but I
think the business has cooled off considerably, of
late, as I predicted to Lizzy Woodward; who
charitably pronounced them  all Irish together, 
and declared it made her sick to see such hypo-
crisy!    I do think that the Ham was the biggest
hypocrite, even for a low Irishwoman, that I 
ever encountered.     She grinned and simpered
and smiled, and appeared so abominably ami-
able that you wanted to throw things at her.
She professed exaggerated regard for people,
praised them to their faces, humiliated her-
self ostentatiously, and possessed, in diabolic
perfection, that essentially Irish trait of ma-
king an almost instantaneous transition from
cringing and carneying to hatred and abuse.
Like most low women, she considered herself
a lady.     She disliked and dreaded me, I 
think, in equal proportion; inasmuch as I
used to treat her to habitual chaff, telling
her that she was too good to live, &c., for
which she avenged herself by abusing me, in
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page fourteen
Description:Regarding Mrs. Ham.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Geary, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ham, Mrs.; Irish; Women; Woodward, Lizzie (Fite)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-09


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War; his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post;"" boarding house living; a bridal reception at the Edwards family's residence in honor of the marriage of Sally Edwards and Thomas Nast; a visit to the Heylyn and Rogers families in Rochester; and his trip to Paris, Ontario, to visit George Bolton and the Conworths.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada ; Rochester, 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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.