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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 185, June 1-2, 1857

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Identifier: DX03763731

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 185, June 1-2, 1857

Description: Regarding Elizabeth Gouverneur's penny pinching.


night – funny!

2. Tuesday. Drawing cuts for Stomach Autobiography all the morning. Down town by 4. Met, severally Davis and little Mrs [Elizabeth] Dobson. (She spake of [Charles] Damoreau and Alf Waud still owing her money.) To Radaway's, and Post Office. Met [George] Edwards pere. Called unsuccessfully at [Frank] Bellews in the evening, and subsequently dropped into Latto's store, where I found [William] Leslie. / Mrs [Elizabeth] Gouverneur and her family — the three [Rawson Gill and May and Adolphus Gouverneur] — dropped in after dinner on Mrs [Catharine] Potter and sponged a dinner, subsequently disputing what sum was owing by her. I never met a woman more exquisitely mean, and capable of more shabby doings. She takes interest in little sums of money advanced to Mrs Potter; always sponges for meals on her visits, and even when boarding at other houses. If she have purchased anything which she aftwards dislikes, it is always Mrs Potter who ought to take it off her hands. She sends the boys to borrow quarters, forgetting to repay the loans. I remember her referring a porter who had conveyed her baggage from the railroad depфt, to the hotel she was going to for a shilling or so — indubitably in the hope that the clerks would cash up and forget to remind her of so small a sum. She wanted to know if Leslie couldn't supply a cheaper tea than thirty cent tea — for her servants. (He meditated putting Latto up to sprinkling the execrable trash with cayenne pepper, or coffee, so that the slaveys would revolt, and the

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1857-06-01

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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