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expedients.   Injured tradesfolk appear o  nights, and suf-
fer hours in kitchens, Mrs Leave having unaccountably
vanished altogether, and the Servants fly hither and
thither among the boarders to borrow money, in order to
pay the debts.     The girl in trousers ( a beast of a 
girl she is; horribly inquisitive, never shuts a door after
her, and her nasty hair curls the wrong-way    (they
call her  Angee !)  and another female, half-boarder
half-servant come up each day, tapping at my door
to borrow money, by the dollar of fifty cents.     Some-
times you may sit half an hour waiting breakfast, while
they are going all over the house to raise money for a 
skeleton   mutton-chop.   Butcher don t get paid and sends
by indifferent meat.   All higgledy-piggledy, dogs in
dining room, actors sending out for ale, benighted-Scotch-
men anxious to get grub &c.     Any amount of lying
done, to ineffectually hide these dodges, blaming servants
(who haven t got their wages paid for a devil of a time;)
and one, a little busy, pleasant-faced waiting maid, 
called Margaret is I think the best tempered creature
I have ever met.   Work from morning till night, all
troubling her, many blaming her unjustly, and yet Never
sullen or cross   [word crossed out] she little thinks what a good
little soul she is.    /      Actor Shaw is in the Tanks
and Mrs Leave endeavoring to help him   she and other
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Three: page forty-seven
Description:Comments on Mrs. Leave's boarding house.
Date:1851-12-17
Subject:Angee; Boardinghouses; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leave, Mrs.; Margaret; Prisons; Shaw (actor); Women; Working class women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Three
Description:Includes descriptions of looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, visits to Mrs. Kidder and her daughter Lotty, boarding house living, theater acquaintances, and Lajos Kossuth's visit to New York.
Subject:Actors; Boardinghouses; Gunn, Thomas Butler; 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 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.