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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 246, November 5, 1858

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Identifier: DX03609210

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 246, November 5, 1858

Description: Regarding reaction in the boarding house about the Willis Patten scandal.


charge, details of her [Mrs. Patten's] husbands refusing $50 bills, his resisting her entreaties to take them ("for I'm sure we wanted it, bad enough!" said the poor woman) furthermore stating that the Tribune reporter had been bribed by [Willis] Pattens adversaries. Of course one took it all quietly. She has been eloquent ever since on the subject, to Pierce, to all the women, to Mrs [Catharine] Potter. Equally of course she has — not converted, because our landlady naturally ranged herself on the side of her boarder — but made a partisan of her. It is edifying and delightful to see Mrs Potter in that capacity. When Mrs Patten laments his her hones hippopotamus's honesty in not taking bribes — seeing he's got no good by it — "this charge trumped up &c" — Mrs Potter declares, Yes, he has the satisfaction of a good Conscience! This is her usual, perhaps not unnatural role towards persons whom 'tis her interest to keep in with. She is a thousandfold more severe on [Frank] Cahill — a comparatively much younger sinner than Bob Gun, who she declares is quite a gentleman and very polite, because forsooth he used to give her his money in one envelope, not in an indecent naked $5 bill. (He had lots of bundles of envelopes, and wanted to sell 'em — so he could well spare one a week to do the polite.) Then he used to say "fine morning, Mrs Potter!" or "I think we shall have room &c" and such common-place civility-formula, which all common place, ignorant women think the height of breeding and gentlemanlyness. She affects to regard him as a young man who is "led away" who might be converted &c, while poor Cahill is an irredeemable miscreant — utterly without principle. Now Gun's superior

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-11-05

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Bribery


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