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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 26, December 2, 1858

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Identifier: DX03236278

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 26, December 2, 1858

Description: Regarding Catharine Potter's management of his boarding house at 132 Bleecker St.


[Willis Patten] is really a kind and even generous-hearted man, though as rough-hided as a bear and possessing the bitterest prejudices. Nor, though capable of this really Christian action, could he refrain from an almost brutal exhibition of temper at our last Sunday’s dinner. Some one or two persons were accidentally helped before him (poor Mrs [Catharine] Potter is generally accurate in observing the rule of “first come first served — probably having bitter experience of the feuds and jealousies evolved by neglect of it) when up he got, declared himself insulted and marched off, subsequently dining at a restaurant. Afterwards he vilified Mrs Potter for half an hour or so. I don’t know that the man wilfully took advantage of his position of obliger, but doubtless it increased his displeasure, the sense of having appeared in that capacity. Poor Mrs P! she knows well enough that keeping a boarding-house isn’t a bed of roses — as all of her class do. To be sure the house is but indifferently managed — she hasn’t the administrative facility, besides being hampered for want of money. I don’t suppose the servants get paid very regularly, I know the kitchen arrangements are principally make shifts. Mrs Church, and subsequently one of the servants gave me some whimsical particulars as to this. I believe there’s no coffee-pot — that liquor — or what passes for it (for it’s awful stuff) being brewed in a tin-can! Then the servants are constantly

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-12-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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