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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 31, December 2, 1858

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Identifier: DX03130184

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 31, December 2, 1858

Description: Regarding the boarders in his boarding house at 132 Bleecker St., including Anna Bradbury and Miss Pierson.


dress, a regular mop of curls, and a substantial physique generally. She [Anna Bradbury] wears short frock which exhibits her legs to full advantage. Nobody can be angry with her long, she is so good-humored. But I fear she knows more than she ought to. Her father’s a good sort of man enough, talks with a palpable Yorkshire accent, has known this country some twenty or thirty years, seems familiar with Canada, owns stocks, and interrupts you when speaking. He and Mrs [Catharine] Potter have established a mild jocularity about “bulls and bears” &c which she generally broaches, day after day, at table. Mrs Bradbury is a commonish looking woman, who, [William] Leslie says, has money in her own right. He always finds out that sort of thing. I don’t know whether I’ve put down that Miss Pierson, a boarder when I first came here, has returned. Then, she had very eccentric ways, used to roll up her money into a ball and throw it at Mrs Potter, with an emphatic “There!” and came out with denunciatory remarks after the style of “Mr F’s Aunt” in Little Dorrit, at table. I remember her using one sentence, which [Charles] Dicken’s has put in that lady’s mouth — “I hate Fools!” [Solomon] Eytinge and Bill Waud would sit and grin and giggle at her, and she was especially down upon them. Now she is quite changed, having, apparently resigned herself to her fate — old maidenhood. Mrs Potter says she was a beauty once. Poor woman! She is civil, quiet and friendloy now. Poor woman! ———— Oh me! How much to sympathize with and

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-12-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Children
19th century


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