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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 173, August 3, 1858

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Identifier: DX03552521

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 173, August 3, 1858

Description: Regarding a feud within the Pounden family.

Transcription:

to the store of [Frank] Pounden’s employers. He has returned from Long Branch. Saw him. Talk of his father. From the son’s account, that odious Irishman has been continually bleeding him of money, denying getting the same to his wife, Pounden’s mother, hence involving her in feud with him, as she believes in her husband. He has also been lying about his son, in every direction, doubting his marriage and disparaging his child as a bastard. Further he went over to Brooklyn during Pounden’s Port au Prince trip, disgustingly drunk and said the same agreable things to Mrs P. He went to Pounden’s employers and said in his beastly Irish way, “I’m informed Mr Ferris, Frank has left his wife without any resources — that she’s entirely destitute.” This being contradicted. “I’m glad to hear ye say so. Ye’ll not say a word about it to him.” To somebody else he spake of [Robert] Bligh having to relieve Mrs B. The whole story invented by his dirty, low, foolish, cunning, Irish self. Pounden agreed to give him $15 or $18 just ere he embarked for the Tropics, on the understanding that his amiable progenitor was to return to Ireland. He got the money and didn’t go. A letter containing a money order came to the Ferris’s — money order visible through envelope. Pere lied about its contents. Thus the son’s story. He says his father was a respectable creature eight years ago. It would be difficult to conceive a more repulsive animal now.

There’s a governess stopping here, for a month’s vacation. In novels most of the class are reduced gentlewomen and persecuted angels, but I never met one of these in life. This one’s talk shows a strong desire to let you know how much she knows, how, above the generality of

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-08-03

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Irish
Governesses
Boardinghouses
19th century
Diaries

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