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of shade in his pictures of life! telling too much
of its meannesses and littlenesses!  He is well off
in the matter of friends and acquaintances who knows
as many good persons as Thackeray puts in any one
of his books.           Now for a fresh peep into my
boarding-house inferno   say, rather, purgatory.
Mrs Potter and Patten are on the non-intercourse tack
  row about the  security  business   feminine sharpness of
temper,  consciousness of obligation, producing it.   Mrs
Pounden who has come here, periodically, to give Anna
Bradbury music lessons, has had a row with the quan-
dam mother, apropos of her not stopping long enough, 
and decamped with a flourish of offended dignity.  Mrs
Bradbury is, I believe an American but don t look
like it.    An exceedingly common-place, washerwoman
sort of person   does washing, indeed,   I have seen
her in odious dishabille near her door, with a pail,
rinsing clothes.   Said to be rich, having money in
her own right, knows nothing, never reads, can t amuse
herself, never says anything to individualize herself,
is generally coarsely and cheaply constituted.  Hus-
band a broad Yorkshire-speaking man, good meaning,
broadly and sometimes stupidly British in his opinions,
interrupts you while speaking, talks of stocks & rail-
road shares, has known this country for between
twenty and thirty years and is a bore from his exce-
edingly limited range of ideas   is honest, withal and
has no affectations.            The Kings, very sensibly,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page ninety-two
Description:Regarding the Bradburys who live in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Bradbury (boarder); Bradbury, Anna; Bradbury, Mrs. (boarder); Gunn, Thomas Butler; King (boarder); King, Mrs. (boarder); Patten, Willis; Potter, Mrs.; Pounden, Mrs.; Thackeray, William Makepeace; 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.