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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 37, December 13, 1857

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Identifier: DX03432202

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 37, December 13, 1857

Description: Regarding trouble among Frank Pounden's wife and his parents.


13. Sunday. A lovely day; sunny, clear and cold. To Brooklyn — [Frank] Pounden's, where I stayed the day and night. Heard much of the causes of the hegira of the elder Pounden's to [132] Bleecker St, Mrs P. the younger being full of it. The mother has earnestly entertained an inveterate and extremely irrational prejudice against her daughter-in-law, as I had occasion to observe, long ago) and took very little pains to conceal it, riding the high horse over the young wife in her own house, where she and her husband came to live, from Canada. They — both of them — thought Pounden ought to have married somebody with money — a thoroughly Irish sentiment. "Sure, he didn't do justice to himself as to me!" said the father speaking of it to me one night, the only one on which he came up to smoke a pipe with me. Now though Pounden is a very good little fellow, sharp, business like and sensible, the idea of his marrying a heiress is simply ridiculous. His wife is perfectly well suited to him and "her folks" every whit as good as his folks — as she's not slow to assert. Well the elder couple, or rather the old woman — for the man himself is a low-looking, common-faced Irishman, with all the native cunning and blarney, and, apparently, ruled by his wife — got to abusing Yankees and making themselves tremendously objectionable and so, finally, there was a jolly row. Mrs P. senior told Mrs. P. junior she should be kicked out of doors; Mrs P junior called Mrs P. senior "an old devil" and told her she was trying to set her husband against her; Mr P. informed Frank that he had had better servants in his house than his son’s wife — till the elder couple went off in a fury to Bleecker Street.

In the evening went to Partons, Mr and Mrs P accom-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1857-12-13

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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