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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 176, August 6-7, 1858

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Identifier: DX03555050

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 176, August 6-7, 1858

Description: Regarding Frank Pounden's marriage.


she [Mrs. Pounden] is totally incapable of accepting the little daily tribulations of life without a world of comment, has no power of retention or quiet self-respect, indulges in squabbles with her husband without any disguise, and always has innumerable stories to tell you of her neighbours, with whom she’s perpetually in rows. They always turn out to be the meanest of people. (This time I was favoured with the relation of how she, to oblige her former land-lady — whom she had used to quarrel with — had borrowed a black dress of Miss [Mary] Barr, to help figg somebody out in costume for attendance at a funeral; how it was returned torn and muddied, and of the jolly row which ensued among the women in consequence. Women do queer things. Fancy a man borrowing a pair of pants from a neighbour, in order to lend ‘em to somebody else, for that somebody to go to a funeral in! / However Mrs P. is always extremely hospitable and friendly to me, so I like her. Frank [Pounden], too, sins in the same way — little tiffs make him swear and blow up. The mischief of this is, both, though really fond of each other, acquire an indefinite sense of disappointment in marriage. I have noticed this both in him and her. She has contrasted him before and after, disadvantageously, in appearance and behavior. Stayed all night, they making me up a floor bed in the parlor.

7. Saturday. Return to New York with Pounden. In Broadway met [John A.] Wood hurrying to get bail for Frank Leslie’s who had been arrested again for libel about the Swill Milk business. Down town by 4, to his office, in the hope to get some money. Didn’t. Found [Frank] Bellew, [Mortimer] Thomson, Sol [Eytinge]

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-08-06

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Arrest
Libel and slander
Clothing and dress


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