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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 25, December 2, 1858

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Identifier: DX03235474

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 25, December 2, 1858

Description: Regarding Catharine Potter's financial troubles


thin boots and wet feet. Returning met my Newport acquaintance Helmsmьller, and drank with him. So wearied in mind and body that I had to lie on bed and read for the afternoon. Eheu! It appears that 132 Bleecker Street has just escaped a social catastrophe. Owing to the hard times, rooms being vacant, [Frank] Cahill’s debt and other matters, Mrs [Catharine] Potter has been in arrears for rent, agent and landlord calling time after time. A year ago or so, [Willis] Patten lent her $100, Mrs [Elizabeth] Gouverneur advancing the same. The latter took interest for her money, besides tattling of the load to everybody, spronging on her borrower whenever she and her brood came to town, and finally putting Rawson [Gill] in, to take it out in board. “She should never get it” otherwise, as she told me, again and again. Old Patten took no interest, in this and in other ways, amply repaying poor Mrs Potter’s former kindness to himself and wife, before he got his berth of harbor-master, when they had run up a very heavy bill. Well, last Saturday came a crisis. The landlord would wait no longer, and proposed clearing out Mrs Potter at once. All her furniture (not of the first quality, by the bye, from long usage) was already mortgaged as deeply as possible. She could apply to nobody in the house to help her, save Patten, again. He, to his honor did it. The landlord is a personal friend of his, and Patten went security. If Mrs Potter fails to meet her indebtedness, the Pattens’ will be muleted some $500 or more. Our harbormaster

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-12-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Debt
19th century


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