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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 65, December 29, 1858

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Identifier: DX03253191

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 65, December 29, 1858

Description: Regarding Catharine Potter informing him he is behind in his rent.


explained it by saying his [Alfred Waud's] customers' presence worried him and he locked himself in to avoid them.

[Jesse] Haney says Mort [Thomson] is sadly changed. [Frank] Cahill, by the bye, goes over to live with the Thomsons — Mort has work for him to do. To night there's a return-party at Oxford St, the Edwards' and all the folks going. I got an invite through Haney, but didn't "feel like going." Am rather low-spirited. Yester-evening, in return for a perfectly courteous and good-humored remonstrance about an unimportant matter (coals disproportioned to my stove being supplied, with the result of it's not warming the room and necessitating inflicting the job of lighting it again by the already overworked servant) I received from the woman of this house [Catharine Potter] a cowardly insult. I owed her $25.25. She hinted at this as only a low, mean nature can hint. Now I am never an hour in debt without being more or less morbidly alive to it, I have lived here three years, for the most part paying promptly, and she knows how sickness and ill-luck have pressed me this year. I raised the money to-day — not by borrowing — and paid her her damned pound of flesh without a word. But the affair has temporarily knocked all cheerful spirits out of me. So I sit alone, at work, and the twice-lit fire burning with a gusty noise. I couldn't be mirthful at [James] Parton's to night. Though God bless all the folks, there.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-12-29

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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