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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 85, March 5-6, 1858

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Identifier: DX03472078

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 85, March 5-6, 1858

Description: Describes the Patten family and mentions that Mrs. Eldredge has given birth to a boy.


thing that was said, ask Mrs [Catharine] Potter “whether she hadn’t any other sort of pie?,” and after learning the name of every dish on the table, conclude that he [George Patten]’d have some potatoes “with plenty of steak gravy!” He didn’t love his mother or father [Willis Patten] one bit, all his interests centering in George Patten. The mother was really fond of her cub and tried her weak best to lick him into likeableness. She is a well meaning woman, but quite an incomplete nature, talks too much, is a violent partisan in most things, don’t bear malice, is hardly ever in good health — like all Yankee women — and sometimes talks of her husband as though he were the most loveable of men, at other times, that she wouldn’t mind quitting him. They have their “spats” and snarls, in which she generally holds her own. Of late she’s been championing an old politician — one Gen. Nye, accused of availing himself of his position in the Police, to make the men present him with a house and lot, to such an extent that I wonder the baby wasn’t born with a house and lot marked on it. I think Nye was instrumental in getting her husband his place.

Down town, to Leslie’s — not Franks. Rest of the day in doors. Some drawing at night.

6. Saturday. Another child born in the house, to Mrs Eldredge, Mrs Potter’s niece. She is a rather pleasant-looking little woman, her husband a short, stout, partially bald, bearded good humored man — I think, a very good fellow. They seem very happy together. This child’s a boy. They have another, little Jenny [Eldredge], whom the grandparents will have with them on Randall’s island. Down town in the afternoon to the Times, Tribune & Pic Offices. Met Horace Greeley coming

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-03-05

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Food
19th century


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