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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 73, September 19-20, 1856

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Identifier: DX03682632

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 73, September 19-20, 1856

Description: Describes Elizabeth Gouverneur.

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on my last night's visit, from Clare [Eytinge] and his sister's reception. Yet Covill [Lemuel Covell] had intimated his intention of seeing Mrs [Mary] Eytinge, inquiring the address of [Jesse] Haney, and saying he could get it from the Directory, if refused information. The mother's anxiety had been excited by a newspaper description of a drowned man, which she fancied, resembled Sol [Eytinge]. Of course I didn't enlighten Clarence.

Writing to Hannah [Bennett] during the evening. Up till 12. [Frank] Pounden came up.

20. Saturday. Drawing till 2, rain pouring down heavily out o' doors. Rawson Gill came up. His mother, Mrs [Elizabeth] Gouverneur has been staying here some two or three days. She is a handsome, ill-bred, selfish cockneyish woman, has been twice married, and will be again, as she thinks of little else. She is well to do, having a pleasant place up the Hudson, near West Point, where she resides during the summer, coming to a New York hotel for the benefit of balls and flirtations in winter. She sheds her H's right and left, is prone to ask favors of everbody, to do little and great meanesses, and to chatter. Withal she's rather agreable when flattered, and in good humor — and, as aforesaid, is pretty, as well as plump. I had a chaffy conversation with her and Mrs [Catharine] Potter, at the widow's chamber door. Her room adjoins mine, and after retiring, at night, we

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1856-09-19

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Women
Boardinghouses
19th century

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