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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 222, May 3-4, 1859

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Identifier: DX03373641

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 222, May 3-4, 1859

Description: Describes the differences between Catharine Potter and Susan Boley in managing his boarding house.


decently managed in my new boarding-house dynasty — on the whole suggestive of improvement on Mrs [Catharine] Potters system. Our feeding in the basement, which room is very clean, cool, light and pleasant, ensures hot dishes from the adjoining kitchen — always a rueful deficiency in Mrs P’s time. The new landlady [Susan Boley] seems energetic and very desirous of pleasing: “new brooms sweep clean.” I’ve steadfastly persisted in only monosyllabic civilities to the Bradbury’s and comparatively choked off the girl [Anna Bradbury]’s familiarities. For the other boarders, I see but little of them as yet. It’s funny and edifying to witness both sides of a case. Mrs P rather plumed herself on leaving the house in good condition; her successor finds it a phenomenon of dirt and uncleanliness — Mrs P inevitaby supposed the new dynasty a deterioration; Mrs B. as inevitably believes she will institute an immense improvement. The old boarders were disposed to be jocular and depreciatory of the incomers; the new suppose themselves superior to their predecessors. “Lord what fools we mortals be!” You’re right, Puck!

4. Wednesday. Both the old and the new landladies prevalent about the top of the house this morning, fiercely polite to each other on questions of proprietorship of furniture, each convinced in mind that she herself wanted “nothing but what was her own” and strongly suspecting that the other did. Round to Houston Street, to Bob Gun’s room, but did not do much work. Talking with [George] Arnold a good part of the day. He is worthy

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1859-05-03

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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