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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 158, March 16-28, 1859

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Identifier: DX03328624

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 158, March 16-28, 1859

Description: Regarding the departure of the Bradbury family from his boarding house after a row between Mrs. Bradbury and the landlady, Catharine Potter.


like the latters' [Fanny Fern's] writings? why do Guinea savages like putrid fish. The slap-dash vulgarity, the coarse, passioned appeals to prejudices and unworthy feelings, the rowdy coarseness vindictiveness, the implied indecency and the glaring egotism — there, with the sprinkling of real talent, lie the attractions!

Apropos of Mort [Thomson]'s wooing Grace [Eldredge], here's an observation I've got out of it: If a man have any inherent flaw in him, events are always, in due time brought to bear upon it.

Up to Monday 28 of March. The Bradburys leave the house to-day, there having occurred a row between Mrs B and Mrs P. One commented unfavorably on the eggs for breakfast, 'tother — the boarding-house woman — cackled about her to the "lady"- boarders — Anna [Bradbury] carried report to her mother — and a jolly row ensued, with the above result. Anna, by the bye has been comporting herself after a stronger fashion than usual; decoying the young Kings into the bath-room (which is also a water closet) inducing one of them to put his hand down her bosom ("way down," he said) and subsequently writing up demi-indecencies about his "cock-a-doodle" on the window-panes. A promising girl, truly! She asked [William] Leslie whether he wouldn't like to sleep with her! The story goes that her mother was a washerwoman. Old Bradbury when he wants anything at table nudges you and points to it, addressing you as "Mister"! indulging also in

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1859-03-16

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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