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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 202, April 27, 1859

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Identifier: DX03357236

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 202, April 27, 1859

Description: Regarding a row that broke out at his boarding house over the Bradbury family.


up for ten minutes or so, old [Willis] Patten partially remonstrating in his harsh, brattling voice, partly joining in. “You couldn’t insult some people” he said. “Some people wasn’t worth insulting!” Then his wife sailed in to the fray, provoking the retort of Mrs Bradbury, who seeing the odds awfully against her had till then kept silence. “Youre’ a lady!” said Mrs B. with cutting irony! “Youre none!” was the retort “parcel of pigs, that what you are!” Here the shrill laughter of the children indicated applause and gratification. Poor old Bradbury made some unintelligible Yorkshire exclamation and left the table, just before this. His wife followed, having the parting salutation with Mrs Patten as she rose. The girl Anna [Bradbury] remained — sat it all out. I really admired the girl’s pluck, not to say brass. All the room was in chorus against her and her mama. Miss Pierson — I hadn’t supposed her the fool she is — with Gladdy [Gouverneur] and the eldest of the King children were talking at Anna Bradbury. “Talk about old maids!” said Miss Pierson “of course, somebody would never be an old maid! fine match she’d make! the steward of a steam boat perhaps! ha! ha!” Such a general eruption of spites and bl bad blood and gene malice I never saw before. Mrs [Catharine] Potter sat at her side-table presiding over the breakfast things, saying never a word. And never a word said I, nor should, had they got to throwing plates or knives at each other. I was glad to observe that

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1859-04-27

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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