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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 204, April 28, 1859

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Identifier: DX03358875

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 204, April 28, 1859

Description: Regarding the boarders in his boarding house packing and preparing to move because the landlady, Catharine Potter, has lost the house.


as reported by Anna Bradbury, knows Miss P[ierson]’s reputation as an uncomfortable boarder (which she was) and wouldn’t have her at any price. So the poor woman (who also wouldn’t live in the same house with the Bradburys) packs up her traps. I am doing the same and offer my assistance, when she shows me an oil-portrait of her father. I thought the thing touching — the lonely old maid, once, it is said a beauty, moving from boarding house to boarding-house, with her father’s picture. I receive an intimation that Mrs [Susan] Bowley is desirous of retaining me as a boarder, in the same room, at the same price, choice of other rooms being optional. I accord conditional acceptation. Anna Bradbury is unnecessarily prevalent about my room, asking questions wanting to borrow picture-books, cents &c. [Jesse] Haney comes home by 2 or so, packs up traps. I help him downstairs with trunks. Poor Mrs [Catharine] Potter feels decidedly miserable. After seven years of struggling in the boarding house inferno, it is sad and humiliating to terminate in a “mortgage sale.” I find her in the dusty, empty room recently occupied by the Pattens, and tell her if I’ve ever been unjust and selfish towards her — as of course, I have — I’m very sorry for it. Haney off in search for a boarding house. I down town, feeling miserable. To Pic Office. Supped at Crook and Duff’s with Bob Gun. He has, comparatively, dropped drinking, and appears to much greater advantage. Up town together, I to [132] Bleecker St. Round to Edward’s.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1859-04-28

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Moving, Household


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