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usual charge of selfishness, obligations having been
inurred &c were daily ventilated directly her back was
turned   this time, however, with some foundation.   But
I know not any more marked characteristic of under-
breeding than this trick, and some of its traits are es-
pecially feminine.  I remember when Barth had some
dispute with a squaw of an Irish washerwoman, on
Governor s Island (probably about missing linen) she
came out with the pleasing assertion that she  had been
a mother to him!    Mrs Kidder, too, used to bring in
everybody her debtors in obligation.   So never a boarder
can leave this house without having proved  the most
selfish person that ever existed    to quote Leslie s
words touching Mrs Pounden.    When honest Pierce
left, Mrs Potter declared it  doing her great injustice, 
because if he had gone a month or so earlier in the
season she  would have been sure  to have filled his
room   a perfect non-sequitur, but nothing is so
disgustingly illogical as selfishness.    Such women
find it hard to see a jot of good in anyone who comes
athwart their own interests.  To be sure Mrs Poun-
den might as well have resumed her former attic eleva-
tion   but then her selfishness comes in.   When she
got $100 or so   salary, I presume, for Long Island
teaching   she couldn t bear to part with it for two
or three days, but kept it in her pocket, saying, when
Mrs Potters pecuniary troubles were alluded to,  that
she thought she could give her something which would
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page thirty-eight
Description:Regarding Mrs. Potter's attitude towards the people who leave her boarding house.
Subject:Barth, William; Boardinghouses; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Leslie, William; Pierce; Potter, Mrs.; Pounden, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; 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.