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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 201, April 26-27, 1859

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Identifier: DX03356417

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 201, April 26-27, 1859

Description: Regarding a row between Mr. King and Mrs. Bradbury at their boarding house.


[Pro]bably in some delicate question about prostitutes. Came away by 11 and to bed. Rainyish night.

27. Wednesday. Jolly row at our breakfast-table, almost general, in consequence of approaching breaking up. The Pattens move to-day to another boarding-house, the Eldredge’s (wiser they) to housekeeping at lodgings, whither the old gentleman has already preceded them. The Kings design accompanying Mrs [Cathrine] Potter, as do the rest of the boarders, with the exception of the Bradburys — in case Mrs P. does take another house which seems very problematical. Well, to the row. Nearly all the families in the house are tremendously down upon the Bradburys, especially the Kings, who have a big room on the same floor. King, of late has been letting off remarks indicative of a desire for a shindy and this morning it came. He commenced by addressing [Willis] Patten, inquiring about his new boarding house. “No Jews there? Are there?” said he. Then he diverged into a general statement criminatory of Mrs Bradbury who sate opposite to him. That “good lady” he remarked, had been pleased to call his children “Jews,” on some occasions adding “d____d Jews” and even “d____d stinking Jews.” Now, it was true that his wife’s mother was a Jewess, also a very amiable, religious and exemplary person, everyway superior to the persons opposite; but granting that his children were Jews he wanted to know where the reproach lay? where the laugh came in? That was what he wanted to know. This he kept

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1859-04-26

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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