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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 89, January 25, 1859

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Identifier: DX03272575

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 89, January 25, 1859

Description: Regarding Elizabeth Gouverneur and her children.


[persis]tently about a dirty $2 that the woman [Catharine Potter] sent hither and thither among the boarders to borrow it, and finally out of the house, to Eldredge, her niece’s husband, at his store. And all under pretext of wanting to buy candy for May [Gouverneur]. Which little wretch with her hair cut short, slimmer-looking, and with something of a sallow shade under her eyes is about as usual, demanding pickles and everything unwholesome at meals, coming up-stairs and into my room with that horse of a girl Anna Bradbury, and laughing when anything is said of her mother [Elizabeth Gouverneur]’s sickness. The mother wants to get rid of her — to give her to somebody to bring up — says she can't manage her. Her suffering — that's real enough sans question — has driven all else but Self, Self, Self out of her head. The boy Gladdy [Gouverneur], too, specious, civil, false youth, is working out his own theory of life. He prefers shooting, loafing, idling to school, lives with the family who take care of his mother's house, and is now, for a day or so staying here. He plies you with questions about cadetship in the English army, under the impression that it would be an idle, prettily dressed, highly-paid life! Rawson [Gill] lives with the Martins' — the mother willing that he should do so any where, but at her expense. The fellow talks of getting some honest mercantile avocation in New York. He saw some hard times, on the survey, in Mexico, including gallinippers, rain, hunger, exposure and the like. Stood it pretty well too, so he says, though not sorry to come back, leaving the expedition. His mother clutches

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-01-25

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Children


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