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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 30, December 2, 1858

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Identifier: DX03129393

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 30, December 2, 1858

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


[ser]vants in the morning and helping them to carry up coals at sunset. She [Anna Bradbury] sits beside [William] Leslie at table, comes tapping at his door of evenings, says and does the rudest things. He threatened to kiss her once. “Then I’ll kiss you,” said she. Mentioning some pretty girl’s passing, at the window, he was questioned thus by Miss Precocity “Wouldn’t you like to have her?” This rather dashed my tall Scotch friend. He has no scruple in ascribing some of this horse of a girl’s proceedings to rather precocious desires. “I’m so sleepy” said she, in his room, one night — “wouldn’t you like to go to bed with me?” This is rather startling, being as he says “an actual fact.” He asked her what he should want to go to bed with her for. The girl seems to be under no sort of control — to be let run wild. She is so down right and good natured with all her rudeness that one is loth to augur ill to her, but, by Jove, if this sort of thing goes on, she’ll come to grief, some day in such an infernal city as New York. She’s tall, has a not at all uncomely face (which her quasi step-mother idiotically supposes the very image of the Empress Eugenie! — the woman, really, told Mrs Church that they didn’t get the girl’s photograph because the portraits of the wife of Louis Napoleon would answer for the same!) — plump shoulders and bust, too much displayed by her low-necked,

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-12-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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