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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 248, May 29, 1859

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Identifier: DX03395027

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 248, May 29, 1859

Description: Describes his experiences at the 16th Street boarding house.


29. Sunday. A luxurious, sunny, almost sultry morning; chores &c till noon then to 16th Street, a strill with [Jesse] Haney to Union Park &c. Dropping in for ale at a new tavern in Bleecker, I chanced on the "Mercury" containing George Arnold's editorials, the subjects of which I suggested, as heretofore chronicled. In one he had asserted that the Assyrians understood the Stereoscope (!) and that a "rogue's gallery" of portraits (or criminals, for their recognition by the police) had been discovered by [William] Boutcher and [William] Loftus! How wisely the world is edited!! To 16th St again by 5; in [William] Leslie's room with him and Kendall, then upstairs, looking out at the Catholic church and talking with Haney. Supped, left Haney at Edwards', to [E.H.] Chapin's, then to Edwards'. [Carl] Knudsen there. What atrocities a man of Leslie's stamp perpetrates in the minor matters of daily life! He goes trampling down its decencies and courtesies like a drunken beer-pig in a tulip bed, his every remark being an outrage in the amor propre of his fellow creatures! and bordering on insult. Here are two samples: on my appearance at the 16th street supper-table he vented an allusion to "sponging," and presently, when the idea of the "Professor [Martin]"'s being an eligible boarder was suggested, said outright, "returning like a dog to his Vomit!" Pleasant for Mrs P [Catharine Potter]! However she has a good feather-bed shield of obtuse-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-05-29

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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