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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 31, November 20-21, 1857

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Identifier: DX03427234

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 31, November 20-21, 1857

Description: Describes a row between Elizabeth Gouverneur and Mrs. Church.

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went into [Jesse] Haney's room subsequently. [Frank] Cahill there. We sat talking till 2. By the way [Fitz James] O'Brien said a characteristic thing to me to-day. [Mortimer] Doesticks' wife [Anna Thomson] was mentioned. "Did he get any money with her?" asked he. I have rarely met an Irishman who didn't think a man’s marriage a failure if it didn’t bring pecuniary profit. Very few Englishmen — especially young Englishmen — would have asked such a questin.

21. Saturday. Down town by 9 1/2 to post letters. Returned to drawing. To Pic Office in the afternoon. Thomson, [Charles E.] Wilbour and O'Brien there. Drawing and writing at night. Jolly row to-day, after dinner, between Mrs [Elizabeth] Gouverneur and Mrs — she has, of course, dropped the name of Andreotti — Church. I heard all about it this evening, Mrs C narrating. Mrs Gouverneur with her two children [May and Adolphus Gouverneur] (Rawson is quartered off at an inferior boarding house in Bleecker street — makes his mother look older than she likes, I trow! —) at a tip-top establishment near to the Fifth Avenue, where she pays something like $40 for fourth story accommodation, in order to be in a "gang," fashionable house. Mrs Church called on her and met a certain Colonel or Mr Fuller, a married man whom the widow had scraped acquaintance with at Saratoga; and this married man was talking in the most fulsome manner to Mrs G; she doing the exuberant, the gushing, the jolly as usual — and, of course overdoing it. The Fuller went into a description of his introduction at the Springs, upon which Mrs G exclaimed, in that pleasant-toned voice of hers — she has a sweet voice — "It was one of the happiest evenings I ever passed!" Whereupon the Fuller put out his hand, she did the like, and they did a reciprocal squeeze. Now Mrs G, dropping in to-day — after dinner, as usual on one

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1857-11-20

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Diaries
Irish
Marriage
Women

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