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	  Boarders, male and female
ing.   Now she boards and lives here and, I
think, pigs with Ham.      She has a sly, sens-
sual face, a loose, shapeless, odious mouth,
a conciliatory manner and attempts to mulva-
ther everybody, succeeding especially in the case
of Mrs Boley, who in some respects is a simple
woman, and declares Lee to be a perfect lady
and very agreable.   Such also is the verdict of
Mrs Clark, nee Kate Fisher who has Lee up
in her room of evenings and retails her stories.
Ham and Lee sit together at table, of course,
and are so revoltingly saccharine towards each
other that the wonder is that they don t run into
a big puddle of treacle under the table   which
it s a pity they don t do, when they might be
swabbed up and squeezed out into the gutter.
They never get through six sentences without blar-
ney; I would as willingly have a piece of
yellow soap thrust into my mouth every two
minutes as be talked to by either of them.   The
other Lee has a heavy Irish face, and that s all
I have remarked of her, beyond a similar sa-
ponaceous tendency.       Mrs Clark talks
bits of men s slang, calls herself a  fellow, 
and looks as if she were boiled of a morning,
when not got up to kill; her child is precocious-
ly like her, runs about the kitchen all day,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page twenty-three
Description:Regarding the female boarders at his boarding house.
Date:1861-10-25
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Clark, Mrs. (Kate Fisher); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ham, Mrs.; Irish; Leahy, Anastatia; Leahy, Miss; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-08

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen
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 life, the shooting of Sergeant Davenport by Captain Fitz James O'Brien for insubordination, and Frank Bellew's marital troubles.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; 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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.