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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 170, July 1-31, 1858

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Identifier: DX03549993

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 170, July 1-31, 1858

Description: Gives news of the people living in his boarding house, including Willis Patten, Mr. Pounden, and Mrs. Church.


[circum]stance to others. The family, now, with the exception of Nelly [Ellen Eldredge] who stays with the Thomsons [Mortimer and Anna Thomson] are on a Canadian and eastern tour. We have some changes in our boarding-house. Miss [Lucia] Cooper, Mrs [Catharine] Potter’s sister has returned to Niagara. Mrs Eldredge and child are on a visit to Elmira. Rawson Gill is off to Nicaragua again, having, he says, got a berth this time. The chap came up to say good bye to me ere starting. His bitch of a mother [Elizabeth Gouverneur] had almost discarded him. I hear nothing of her except that she has not got married. [Willis] Patten’s baby is like to die. The father waxes more of a hog than ever, and on more than one occasion has actually insulted all the persons present at the dinner table, on the usual Anglophobic question. There’s a feud between him and the nasty Irishman Pounden pere. He is as usual, gets drunk, does nothing and lives on his wife. She goes teaching, daily, to Staten Island, and is a good though narrow-minded woman. She believes in her pig of a husband, laughs at his jokes, quotes his opinions and considers him a decidedly agreable and facetious person. The man is so odious that everybody detests him. Mrs Church goes to Europe in three weeks. On the last day of this month she went to see Washington Irving, an old friend of her fathers, as of herself. She had a delightful day at Sunnyside, and told me some particulars. We have a family of new Boarders, a Mr Bradbury, wife and daughter [Anna Bradbury]. He, a good sort of north-of England man with an accent sounding very Yorkshire, his wife an American and nothing particular, their daughter a girl of 13

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-07-31

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Irish
19th century


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