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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 51, January 3-5, 1858

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Identifier: DX03443809

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 51, January 3-5, 1858

Description: Mentions visiting Nina Brooks.


should have asked the other gentleman. I chaffed and talked for another half hour, and then left, being warmly invited by both ladies [Elizabeth Gouverneur and Lizzie Pettit] to come again!

As an instance of Mrs G's ignorance I remember her, when in conversation with the scoundrel Andreotti, pitying Julius Caesar, as a "Poor young man! cut off in the prime of life!"

4. Monday. To [Matthew] Brady's. Jerrolding. Down town in the afternoon — didn’t get $10. Evening, called at Edwards'; at 14th street (for my gloves, having left them overnight): Mrs G "going it" in the parlor: and in the 5th Avenue to see little Miss [Nina] Brooks, her brother, Pierce, having given me her address, and informing me that she was in town, temporarily staying with her uncle. The little girl looked just as usual, was sitting talking, with (I think) the cousin whom she jilted for [William] Leslie!!! Her younger brother and another lady were present. Stayed about twenty minutes. To a certain extent, Mrs [Catharine] Potter was answerable for the Leslie business, she having praised him to the old lady, Mrs [Maria] Brooks, as a young man of excellent moral character and quite wealthy. This is an orthodox boarding-house dodge. Had Leslie been a clerk at a salary of $8 or $10 a week, the little girl would never have troubled him. She wanted to get married — and that's all about it. It's a very common reason with young ladies. Leslie esteems himself quite a favorite among the girls," half knowing that his wealth is the cause. But he has such an ingrained reverence for money, that he always can't separate himself, personally, from his dollars: hence he is thick witted enough to consider the popularity purchased by them as great a compliment as any pond to himself, individually.

5. Tuesday. To Bradys, where I met Davis, the ex-sailor and carver and gilder. He told me that his wife "was dead

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-01-03

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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