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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 29, December 2, 1858

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Identifier: DX03128602

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 29, December 2, 1858

Description: Regarding 12-year-old Anna Bradbury, who lives in his boarding house at 132 Bleecker St.


[influen]ced by [William] Leslie and Anna Bradbury’s grinning at his [Robert Gun’s] talking, at table, with Mrs Patten. Or, I had better said, her talking to him. She sits next to him, is very loquacious, perfectly honest, I believe, and extremely kind-hearted. (She’s very sympathetic apropos of Mrs [Catharine] Potter’s troubles — lent her $20, which her husband [Willis Patten] gave her to devote to riding lessons.) Young [Frank] Pounden, too, when on a call, here, said something worthy of his odious father to Pierce about Mrs Patten. Pierce is an extremely good humored, amiable fellow, rather obese, reddish-faced, white-haired and looks like a young Millard Filmore. He may be midway between 30 and 40. I never met a more easy-going man. I’ve alluded to Anna Bradbury. A girl of twelve, but so fully developed that one would suppose her two or three years older, which may be the case. It is currently reported that she is an illegitimate child, and that her father hasn’t attempted to deny it. She is the most perfect tom-boy of a girl conceivable, slaps the servants on the backs, pushes them, mocks them, grimaces at folks, kicks up rows on the staircase and in the sitting room, defies old Mrs Cooper’s attempts at child-queling, makes friends with other children in the most boisterous manner, initiates them into mischief, will shout from one side of the street to an acquaintance on the other, and is, generally, tumultuous, good-humored and robustious. No room is sacred from her from attic to kitchen. She will be flaring up with the ser-

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-12-02

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Household employees
19th century


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