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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 176, approximately April 30, 1857

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Identifier: DX03755928

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 176, approximately April 30, 1857

Description: Regarding an argument between William Leslie and Elizabeth Gouverneur about Leslie's behavior with Nina Brooks.


day, in a carriage with the little girl and a servant, and Mrs [Maria] Brooks and Foster following in another. [William] Leslie joined us at the wharf. Well, he was dismal for a day or two, and went out and got drunk that night. A week or so after the promised row with Mrs [Elizabeth] Gouverneur came off. Returning from a Sunday morning at [Frank] Bellews, I was (not) much surprised of hearing her Billingsgating him over the dinner-table. He acted with more good sense than I should have expected, considering his choleric temper. It appeared that he had "spoken to her" before, and a furious altercation had occurred in the front parlor, during the greater portion of the forenoon. At the supper table, Leslie not being present, Mrs G came out in a denunciatory manner about him, and offered $ 100 for his cow hiding. [Jesse] Haney, [Frank] Cahill, Miss Church, Mrs [Catharine] Potter and myself were present. Mr's G in her desire to make partisans overdid the matter altogether, as I saw by the impression created. I said nothing, till she chose to assail me as a partisan of the evening, when I put in a neat speech or two touching the $100 reward — intimating that any brave who might be disposed to attempt it's achievement mightn't get his money, as he couldn't recover it legally. It had the desired effect of "riling" her — rather. Since then strict non-intercourse is the order of the day; she having forbidden Rawson [Gill]'s coming in to my room, as he was prone to. Miss Church

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1857-04-30

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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