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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 69, July 26, 1859

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Identifier: DX03063306

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 69, July 26, 1859

Description: Regarding Mrs. Rich, who ran a boarding house.

Transcription:

(I suggested that she [Mrs. Rich] might be hanged as the result of any such indulgence, and she got chaffed on the presumed probability of her carrying a revolver or sling shot.) Much boarding-house cackle anent her and Mrs [Catharine] Potter whom she detested, as all this class of people do detest one another: relations of mutual recriminations on the subject of the women trash in either house charging men boarders in the opposite with appearing half dressed near the windows &c! "I was a going to send a policeman over to you!" commenced Mrs Pot, in a street altercation on this delectable subject. [Charles] Dickens and the modern humorists in painting this class of emphatically low people, makes them amusing. They are so but rarely, the offensive, un-Christian selfishness and vanity of their natures sticking out in every act and sentence, so that mixing with them is rather humiliating than otherwise. This Mrs R's affectation and she-rowdyism would have appeared monstrous and horrible to any gentle-hearted Christian woman. How little of real goodness and civilization is displayed by such in daily life — their entire behavior is an outrage on the self respect of their fellow creatures. As an instance of the low moral tone openly avowed take the comments on the [Daniel Edgar] Sickles case vented by the woman this evening. One was brutally denunciatory of the wretched adultress [Teresa Bagioli Sickles] for accepting her husband's pardon; the other thought her a fool for not holding her tongue as to her guilt!

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1859-07-26

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Adultery
Boardinghouses
19th century
Firearms
Diaries
Women

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