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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 209, April 29, 1859

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Identifier: DX03362973

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 209, April 29, 1859

Description: Regarding the feelings of the servants, Kate and Mary, about Catharine Potter losing her boarding house.

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and had purchased a rocking-chair. Gladdy [Gouverneur] was about. I found the kindly Irish girl, Kate in the passage by the staircase, and she told me some of the particulars of the sale, her blue Celtic eyes looking kind and sympathetic for Mrs [Catharine] Potter’s sake, her healthy cheeks flushed with fatigue and indignation. She narrated how she had rescued [William] Leslie’s etage (I believe they call it), how one of the ugly old women had compared her to the stuffed owl &c at which Kate laughed. Meantime the chambermaid Mary [Ginnerty] was going about like a red-eyed ghost, with something tied up over her head. Kate sticks to Mrs Potter’s fortunes, let them be what they may, and I honor her for it. I thought, looking on at this scene, that [Frank] Cahill ought to have been present. He did his share towards producing it. Down town, dined at Goslings’, then to Courier Office, saw [Jesse] Haney expecting to and get a letter which had been left for me at 132 [Bleecker St.]. Introduced to T. Dunn English, who wrote Ben Bolt. Up to Houston St again, found Rawson [Gill] & got letter. From Hannah [Bennett]! such a letter — if love’s own self were the inscriber, it could not have been written more tenderly. Round to Bleecker by 7, found the folks at supper on steak &c — as a substitute for dinner — in the old room. (The Bradburys haven’t shown, since the day of the row, taking their meals at “Mrs [Susan] Bowley’s.”) Talk & chaff. Mrs Potter there — not taken a house yet. Folk

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1859-04-29

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Diaries
Household employees
Irish
Women

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