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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 244, May 24, 1859

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Identifier: DX03391733

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 244, May 24, 1859

Description: Describes a visit to Catharine Potter's new boarding house on 16th Street.


hall lamp light under pretense of ascertaining. I didn't tell her [Elizabeth Gouverneur] that underlying the bald, foolish, worldly yet appealing expression in her countenance wore there lay was more than the germ of the insanity to which she is assuredly drifting. When we all went upstairs to the sitting room the woman fell to small coquetries of the boldest and barrenest sort, also to pumping me about the table set by the new [132] Bleecker St dynasty, questioning in detail what I’d had for breakfast, dinner &c! She actually meditated returning thither if she could gain two pence hapny' [sic] worth more of advantage. This before Mrs [Catharine] Potter, who felt much and showed some wrath. Mrs G got no satisfaction from me, I humbugged her and soon went up to [William] Leslie's room. There twenty minutes then off. A walk up town. Passing [Matthew] Whitelaw's shop, looked in and saw him. To Howells where I found John Wood, [A.F.] Banks and another. Banks boring the other, raving about [Henry] Clapp’s ability. I talked to Wood. When we came out at 11, Thad Glover was at the door with four or five others. On Saturday night it appears that [Frank] Cahill [George] Arnold and Glover went to Wood's boarding-place after quitting Howell's, and when he had gone to bed. They, especially Cahill were so drunk that the landlord denied Wood’s being at home. Cahill has now "sworn off" drinking for another month. Of course he'll

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1859-05-24

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Women
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)
Drinking of alcoholic beverages
19th century


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