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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 159, March 17-28, 1859

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Identifier: DX03329439

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 159, March 17-28, 1859

Description: Regarding the gossip discussed by the women in his boarding house.


growling comments on the bad features presented by the cookery. There's scope enough, Heaven knows. I find Mrs P [Catharine Potter]'s domestic policy may be reckoned up, thus: first to affect ignorance of and suprise [surprise] at deficiencies or atrocities; second to promise remedy; third to tire the complainant out by never affording it. She lies, of course, when necessary; cackles like all boarding-house women; and altogether is in her right station. Observation, got out of her and others: Whenever a woman is inherently low, uses phrases such as "he done it" "we was" &c &c, when her thoughts of others run in gutters, be sure that she prides herself on her Gentility — is firmly convinced that she is a Lady! Every d____d woman in the house, barring Mrs Church, had married [Jesse] Haney to Mrs [Mary] Levison before she'd been a widow for a week; and [William] Leslie tells me of similar cackle anent myself and Mrs Church! "Mrs Potter says she thinks she'd have accepted you." Of course! it would have been a good chance in their eyes. With money, too. Why do I chronicle this rot? Thunder! I wish I had mastered Phonography to put it down more rapidly. Am sticking at the art of condensation though. Saw the vulturous-looking [John] Watson, then engraver t'other day. Dressed in black, thin as a man may be, bloodless — a strange figure. He is working for the Harpers; writing, says [A.F.] Banks for the paper. Somehow that

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1859-03-28

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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