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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 78, September 27-28, 1856

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Identifier: DX03686924

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 78, September 27-28, 1856

Description: Regarding Elizabeth Gouverneur's personality.


to break in on $200 in bank.

28. Sunday. At work on drawings for my book till 4, when I turned out with intent to go to Brooklyn and visit [James] Parton, but after a walk to the Bowery abandoned the idea, went down town, looked in at French's without finding Hayes, and returned to supper. Talking in the boarding house parlor during the evening with Mrs [Elizabeth] Gouverneur, a Miss Church, and occasionally Mrs [Catharine] Potter and [William] Leslie, the former being intermittently present.

Mrs Gouverneur is a type of class of woman very common in England. Her wont of self-respect is supplied by a sort of tetchy impulsive manifestation of temper prompting her to the utterance of rude things, for which she will, immediately afterwards, beg pardon with equally obnoxious and half false humility. She wants the good will of everybody but her tongue is invariably active in getting her into mischief. She is of of as greedy of flattery as a coquette of 18. She as clamorously denies her wish to catch another husband as she openly betrays herself by her willingness to go into the subject with anybody, or on any occasion. She alternately depreciates herself and flings in her sham humility as ground bait for compliment, or assumes the airs of a triumphant belle. Withal she has a sort of surface good nature, and is everyway so transparently cunning as to be almost amusing. Her children are brought up horribly. The little girl May, though a pretty child, is an arrant despot over her mother, horribly jealous of her brothers [Adolphus Gouverneur and Rawson Gill] and — the mo-

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1856-09-27

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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