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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 90, January 25, 1859

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Identifier: DX03273384

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 90, January 25, 1859

Description: Regarding Elizabeth Gouverneur's illness.


at everybody in her [Elizabeth Gouverneur's] terror. [William] Leslie got discoursing to Gladdy [Gouverneur] as to what she ought to do, in his arrogant, well intentioned laying-down-the-law manner, one afternoon, ventilating some of my sentiments, after his wont. (That’s one of his peculiarities. Often he has the cheek to reproduce my own opinions in talk with me, or to others in my presence!) He said she might do something — take to a little practical charity, join some good women who try to do God's work in helping their neighbours — what would $100 be to her &c &c &c. (Exquisite! as coming from him, of all men the most ready to apologize for lack of charity by the utterance of vile, scrape-farthing proverbs, which he seems to think conclude the matter!) Well of course the boy takes it all to his mother. She sends him down stairs again with the request that Mr Leslie will come up and see her. Now they had exchanged no word since the great row when she offered $100 reward for his cowhiding. Feeling a little foolish, a little proud, he wouldn't go. So she came to him, her hair streaming about her ears like a wild woman. He went through his platitudes as aforesaid. (There's nothing he likes better than giving advice.) If she didn't do so and so, he told her, she'd be in a lunatic asylum in three weeks! "For the Lord's sake, don't say so!" cries she. Next morning — this — I met her, going out or a walk. She stopped and addressed me — did I think she would get better? &c I said a sentence or two, when the unhappy woman receiving

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1859-01-25

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Charity
19th century
Mental illness


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