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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 20, October 28-31, 1857

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Identifier: DX03418134

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 20, October 28-31, 1857

Description: Describes a fight at his boarding house between the landlady, Catharine Potter, and one of her servants.


[Fitz James] O’Brien came in to him, when he insisted on getting up, to smoke a pipe with him. I had gone down stairs, to have a drink with [William] Leslie. Next day I told [Frank] Cahill half a hundred of imaginary absurdities of which he hadn’t been guilty. He — Cahill has written a “Pic” article, entitled “Hints on Politeness,” having quarried the material from Sol Eytinge’s domestic menage, which has given great offence to Allie [Vernon]. Josey [Winship] has gone to live with some man. Mrs [Mary] Levison is back in New York, from Philadelphia. Wurzbach has returned from Germany.

29. Thursday. In doors drawing for Nic-nax, all day. To the Edwards’ [745 Broadway] at night, with Cahill and Haney.

30. Friday. Row at our boarding-house. The Biddy, who has a violent temper, and is accustomed to wait at table uttering indignant monologues, as she walks behind you (such as “Sure an I ought to have wings to be in siven places at once!”), — calls the old woman, Mrs P [Catharine Potter]’s mother, an old b___h and bids her “shut up.” Mrs P tells her to leave. A fight occurs in the kitchen subsequently. The Biddy gives Mrs P a black eye and Mrs P threw a pitcherfull of milk over the Biddy. / Down town. At Pic Office, Frank Leslie’s &c. Called on [Frank] Pounden at his place of business. Met Fanny Fern, returning up town, and promised to go over to Brooklyn. Did so in the afternoon. Met [James L.] Smith of the Mercury “Courier” in the cars. Krauth died of apoplexy yesterday. At [James] Partons. Supped with Fanny, Grace [Eldredge] and Nelly [Eldredge] and spent the evening talking with them. Miss [Louisa] Jacobs was not present, being at New York, visiting her mother [Harriet Jacobs]. To bed by 11, in a top-back-room.

31. Saturday. Up and breakfasted in the basement, with Fanny and the girls. Talking (and romping) subsequently, up

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1857-10-28

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Working class women


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