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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 236, May 19-20, 1859

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Identifier: DX03385148

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 236, May 19-20, 1859

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


lady [Susan Boley] has no poco-curate indifference to but a sworn hatred to dirt. Take one instance out of many I have noticed. During my three years experience of this house [132 Bleecker St.], I have, in common with others, been subject to an occasional offactory nuisance, originating in rats dying and putrifying in a certain portion of the back parlor, our old dining-room. I remember it at least half a dozen times, perhaps more. It was complained of, but disposed of by Mrs [Catharine] Potter with affirmation that they, the rats, were "in the wall" unget-at-able, in short, and in extreme instances with chloride of lime. Sometimes the odor was so bad nobody would sit near the spot. Well, one of the first achievements of the new dynasty was to poison the rats (there's any amount of them) when, of course they resorted to their Greenwood to die. Room stunk, lady-boarder complained, wouldn't sleep there. This morning carpenter was called in, took up three planks and there, just beneath, were three five "grewsome corpses." Place is to [be] filled up and that nuisance ended. In fact poor Mrs Potter's golden rule was Don't do anything you can avoid doing. And like most folks who try to take things particularly easy she only increased her tribulations.

20. Friday. [Phonography] and writing. Bob Gun up, with block for big cut. Drawing till 6 when [Jesse] Haney came, bidding me to the Edwards'. He supped with me, then for [745] Broadway together. A little "swarry" in honor of Sally [Edwards]'s 18th birthday. [James] Parton present when we

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1859-05-19

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Rats
19th century


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