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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 39, December 11, 1858

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Identifier: DX03241911

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 39, December 11, 1858

Description: Regarding the Pounden family.


make her [Catharine Potter's] mind easy!" This she [Mrs. Pounden] did, intending all the time to pay Mrs Potter, but the poverty-begotten instinct about the possession of money prompted her to act thus unwisely and selfishly. It's a game of self all round in the Pounden family. Father and mother were both agreed in the idea that "Frank [Pounden]" ought to bring his wages to them, to contract a marriage with a heiress (!!!) and generally immolate himself, especially, to his odious father. The mother set her face against Pounden's honest, sharp-tempered, voluble Yankee wife, from the out-set, ordered her about like a servant, was always carping and commenting in her pleasant Irish way and generally behaved in a femininely-irrational manner. The father hinted that the mother was a strumpet and the child a bastard and went lying about him everywhere. Now Frank Pounden (a little, cocky, well meaning, hospitable, shrewdish, business-like-fellow with a devilish good opinion of himself) on hearing his mothers exodus from 132 Bleecker, meets [William] Leslie and declares that Mrs Potter has "behaved very badly" to her. Which, of course, he ventilates at the breakfast table. And then the women vilify the Pounden family generally! Pounden pere must be kept by his wife. He is loafing about, drunk in bar rooms, said to be sick &c, still.

There is no dirtier pride than that of your people who have been better off. Every favor done to them they recognize as a right, proferred by beings people of inferior station. I have heard, too, Mrs Pounden say she "never expected

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-12-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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