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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 172, March 31, 1857

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Identifier: DX03752462

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 172, March 31, 1857

Description: Regarding the women living in his boarding house.

Transcription:

[Miss Church] is going to get married to a supple, false-looking Italian [Mr. Andreotti], who Mrs [Catharine] Potter charitably declares "only wants her money." He's here nearly all day, and plays the guitar of evenings. [William] Leslie the long, loud-voiced, whiskerless, self willed, wrong-headed, obstinate Scotchman is philandering each evening (and morning) with little Miss [Nina] Brooks. Physically mentally, every way, there could not be a greater contrast. He though inclined to think it "wouldn't do" at first, is grown "spoony" anent the matter now, and says he won't lose sight of her. She is very "delicate," good natured, innocent and desirous to please. She reads very much, is near-sighted, light-haired and ingenous. I like the little girl — but such a match seems half preposterous. Mrs [Maria] Brooks is a nice old lady — up to snuff, however, as regards her daughter. She has another here, married, with two children and a husband. A son also. They live up at Hudson. Pleasant people. [Willis] Patten, wife and boy [George Patten], owe Mrs Potter $200 for board. He is "office-seeking," to Albany and back. Mrs [Elizabeth] Gouverneur and progeny are here still. She flirts when she has an opportunity, has herrings and brandy-and-water in her attic, is always tattling herself into scrapes, and possesses a sort of transparent cunning in small matters at once funny and contemptible. Her vivacious temperament impels her to the utterance of loosely

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1857-03-31

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Diaries
Women
Courtship

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