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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 28, December 2, 1858

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Identifier: DX03237887

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 28, December 2, 1858

Description: Regarding the women residing at his boarding house at 132 Bleecker St.


I’ve known on this side of the Atlantic who was But she [Mrs. Church]’s a true lady — a highly-bred lady.) Mrs P. [Catharine Potter] has her little inquisitivenesses, and, though she professes ultra honor about small matters, the servants say she listens on the stairs to their kitchen conversations. How many mistresses are there who would do this and never dream they were behaving meanly! I know that the old woman [Mrs. Cooper] (poor old body! She is sick, now, and doesn’t appear at table) is a spy, as well a perfect nigger-driver to the girls. She entertains an idea that they, and children, need perpetual quelling and poking up. The pecuniary relations of the family are as follows. Mrs P. keeps the old woman, Mrs Carpenter finding her in clothes. Mrs Cooper prefers stopping with her eldest daughter, as the one possessing the easiest disposition — probably Carpenter would object to “mother in law,” as Mrs Potter hints. Mrs Carpenter, too, keeps her sister Lucia (Miss Cooper) in clothes, Mrs Griffin doing the rest. ‘Tis pity Miss C. is’n’t married, her position can hardly be a satisfactory one. They say she had plenty of opportunities once. She honestly regrets having let them pass, now. Pierce leaves our boarding-house, for a joint-room with his brother, in a week. This leaves a third room empty ([Frank] Cahill’s & [Robert] Gun’s being the other two) adding to Mrs Potter’s embarrassment. She supposes him to be in part influen-

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
Old age
19th century


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