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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 235, May 19, 1859

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Identifier: DX03384326

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 235, May 19, 1859

Description: Regarding Susan Boley's manner of managing his boarding house compared to Catharine Potter's.

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to raise which is "hard scratching." I must write to him [Alfred Waud]. To Post Office, Spring St, after dinner then the rain sent me back to my room. Writing till 11 or later. Mist and muzzle outside.

In many respects the new dynasty at our boarding-house is an improvement on the old. Mrs [Susan] Bowley is a bustling, energetic woman, her own best servant, without a jot of idea that it's anyway undignified to do chores and wait on folks, or indeed without any desire to play my lady. We get better breakfasts, meats &c being brought in from the kitchen fire to the boarders, individually, as they appear, not as heretofore allowed to chill in a big dish on the table from ten minutes or more before the bell rings. The coffee (which was so bad during the [Catharine] Potter dynasty that I never partook of it) is now comparatively excellent. Dinners are perhaps a trifle inferior, generally one joint allowing no other choice, but that joint is pretty satisfactory, though some alertness is necessary to prevent one's portion being anointed with the Yankee abomination miscalled "gravy" vizi, liquid grease. Puddings &c, decent. Supper well enough. Both the servants seem attached to their mistress, a good sign. Boarders good-humored. Don't know 'em minutely enough for discrimination, yet. A great routing out and cleaning out of what Mrs Tabitha Bramble denominates "slit-holes." The house was, really, in a very dirty condition and I can see that our new land

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1859-05-19

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Household employees
Boardinghouses
19th century
Food
Diaries

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