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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 27, December 2, 1858

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Identifier: DX03237082

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 27, December 2, 1858

Description: Regarding Catharine Potter and a former Irish servant girl of Mrs. Edwards.


being changed, the cooks proving a perfect procession of incapables. Most of them mar good victuals in the most awfully Irish style. Some sham sick in the first or second day of their engagement — a common Celtic way of discharging themselves, amounting to a national trait. They haven’t courage enough to say they want to go, so resort to cunning, as all slavish natures do. Only two or three weeks back, Mrs [Sarah] Edward’s Irish servant girl deserted them in a similarly characteristic manner. She “went out for a walk” one evening, and sent a friend to inform the family she shouldn’t come back, as she was going to be married! Had removed her luggage, secretly, before hand! Had Mrs E. known of it she would, so far from objecting, assisted the girl in life. I think this so intensely Irish that it’s worth putting down. To return to Mrs P [Catharine Potter]. Her idea of happiness centres in passivity and charitable dillentante-ism. She would be well content to devote herself to some City Mission &c — has belonged to such heretofore. She has a mild pride in never having been to a theatre, thinking, probably, it will be put down to her credit by the recording angel. She has the usual American woman’s notions about Temperance, and in argument retrenches herself in impregnable repetition. Ordinarily she is very good-humored and placable, letting the incapables have much of their own way, unless their insolence fires her Irish blood, when she is capable of summary action. She is not entirely veracious. (Mrs Church is the only woman

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-12-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Household employees
19th century
Working class women


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