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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 88, January 24-25, 1859

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Identifier: DX03271766

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 88, January 24-25, 1859

Description: Regarding Elizabeth Gouverneur's illness and treatment of the female boarders in their boarding house.


louse &c." Pleasant! when you have spent some thousands of dollars already. The man had too, dunned and insulted [George] Roberts over-night before others, at the St Nicholas. He had been paid some, with promise of more. I felt very sorry for Roberts. Left by 1 1/2, to Pic Office, met [Frank] Bellew &c. Writing at night.

25. Tuesday. Down town, Post, Pic, Omnibus and Constellation Offices. [Park] Benjamin at the latter, sitting conversing with Roberts’ brother. To F. Leslie's. Met [Bob] Gun. Returned up town, writing. Went to see the Jewells at night. Mrs [Elizabeth] Gouverneur is half-crazed with nervousness and dread of being worse. She has almost used up every woman, who will consent to be used by her, in the house [132 Bleecker St.]. She cries and yells and hangs on to them worries them with ceaseless importunities about herself, for remedies, pity &c &c. One of her doctors refused further visits, saying he could do her no good, and, privately, that she would go mad! She now has another. There is some physical reason at the back of it, but undoubtedly her thoroughly hollow, selfish, trashy, weather cock nature has worked out a terrible punishment. She has no real friend in the world, expect these people, who recognize her merely as a suffering human being, knowing at the same time there is no truth and honesty in her. Her sordid nature shows as usual in spite of her suffering — she hates to pay money when due and dunned Mrs [Catharine] Potter so-persis-

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1859-01-24

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Authors
Medical care
19th century
Mental illness


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