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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 41, December 11, 1858

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Identifier: DX03133349

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 41, December 11, 1858

Description: Regarding the Martin family, who used to live at his boarding house.


said they [the Martin family] wanted very much attention and paid much less [Catharine Potter] than she could get for the room. Also that when in a slight fit of economy Mrs P. cut off the Tribune, that Martin was desperately ironical on her until she resumed taking it — he couldn't bear to expand twelve cents weekly, himself! If anybody got the paper before him after breakfast, he’d sit and hate 'em, unconsciously feeling that it was an outrage offered to religion! Not that the man was unkindly, for he was really good — but most accursedly narrow-minded! Then, too, as to the nicety of the family, I will chronicle one exceedingly nasty thing. During the hardest part of winter, when going down-stairs to the water-closet might be considered cold — not to hint at the chance of old [Willis] Patten (a perfect beast in that respect) having pre-occupied it — the Martin family actually made a cloaca of a closet for weeks and weeks, and the servant girls used to leave, one after another, demurring at having to empty the chamber pots, Mrs P, of course, backing the nice family! Sol Eytinge and Bill Waud were so indignant at the nastiness of this revelation, that they tried for another boarding-house. I remember one of 'em figuring the boy Daniel [Martin] sitting stinking in the closet, with the rest of the family occupied in singing a hymn, around him!!!!

What a lot of odious things I've got down, in this book! — these books! By the way I've given Patten too much credit for generosity with Mrs Potter. He took her jewelry, trinkets &c — not money of em Heaven knows —

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-12-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Household employees
19th century


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