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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 79, September 28-30, 1856

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Identifier: DX03687782

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 79, September 28-30, 1856

Description: Regarding Elizabeth Gouverneur's children.


[mo]ther says — of everybody who approaches her. She [May Gouverneur] raised a dismal uproar on Mrs G's [Elizabeth Gouverneur's] kissing Ellen Levison, "before her own child —" as she called it — nor would be pacified for half an hour. The mother will promise her a kiss if she'll "be good" for ten minutes, where the little spoilt wretch will set up her pipes and yell that she can’t be good for so long, and so by dint of clamor, compel easier terms. More perverted and selfish affection I never saw. Worst of all the silly mother prides herself on it. The boy Rawson [Gill] — the product of her first marriage — has no share of affection accorded him, and pretty well knows it. He has a common, coarsish face, whereas the other twain, the younger boy [Adolphus Gouverneur] and May are pretty children. Yet I am mistaken if Rawson isn’t the truest natured of the lot.

29. Monday. Ceaseless rain all day. In doors Writing "R.R.R" testimonials, on suggestion of [Frank] Bellew. Two letters, one presumably from a well-to-do hypochondriac taking a dismal view of life; the other the reverse in both cases. Drawing at night.

30. Tuesday. Drawing. Caricatures for Nick Nax. Took down a pile of them to [Jesse] Haney in the afternoon, as the two days rain cleared up, and walked half the way up town with him. He and Sol [Eytinge] are on apparently friendly terms again; but the latter has got up sulks towards me, learning from a letter of Will Waud’s (to [John A.] Wood) that they

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1856-09-28

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Children
19th century


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