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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 247, November 5, 1858

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Identifier: DX03610059

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 247, November 5, 1858

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

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honesty is simple owing to his having money — money he [Bob Gun] has never worked for. He could squander any amount in whoring and drinking but I had, literally, to dun him into paying me a miserable $10 or so for work done on the Picayune last February — it was $12 originally, but he cut it down to the minor sum and I disdained the meanness of the whole affair too much to wrangle about it. I only got it just before starting off on my recent journey. In fact Gun is simply selfish, self willed, approbative and good natured. If he'd no money he would, in all probability have swindled Mrs [Catharine] Potter, as [Frank] Cahill has. But to return to her championship of old [Willis] Patten. He, the "speculator and peculator" has occasionally loaned her money, $30, or so, at a time, perhaps more. So she endorses him, as she does that old rogue Gen. Nye, (whom bye the bye, Mrs Patten invoked as having "the greatest confidence" in her husband! Satan endorsing Beelzebub!) which rascally politician was quite deified by the two Mrs P.'s, when he used to come hither. He took Mrs Potter out for a drive &c. Clearly shown up as an old dodger who had extorted "an house and lot" from the policeman under his control, yet these women shot shut their eyes to the fact — and others — with that pertinacity which only thorough-going women partisans are capable of. There is, really, something sublime in it. By the way Mrs Patten seems to have dropped Spiritualism She has taken to playing the fiddle! I've heard her, as I passed her door (she locks herself in and is shy of her performances being overheard) and also I picked up the

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1858-11-05

Type(s): Diary
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Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Music
Publishers and publishing
Spiritualism
Women

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