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Identifier: DX03481249

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 96, March 9-11, 1858

Description: Mentions Catharine Potter's troubles with debtors at her boarding house.


fellows at a tavern. He [Frederick Watson] was employed for a week or two at the Pic [New York Picayune] Office in [William] Levison’s time. Once, when he talked of going to a masked ball Levison told him to clean his teeth — then nobody would recognize him! He has written farces and theatrical pieces, makes dreary puns, gets drearily drunk and is generally looked upon as a cub. When [Frank] Cahill tackled him last night, he acknowledged he was lying about [Fitz James] O’Brien — a very superfluous thing by the way. Truth’s quite enough!

10. Wednesday. In doors, writing &c till afternoon. To [Frank] Bellew’s and the Major [Piercy]’s. “The Mejor” put his head out of the room and came on to the landing place, looking rather flaccid and weary. I asked him for my bowie knife which I lent to him during his “Pasha”-ship. He said his man of business — I presume that blustering, drunken loafer he talked of taking into partnership — had it, he’d get it when went down town &c &c. I suppose I shall lose it. The Mejor thinks of returning to England, I believe. Down Broadway. Met [John A.] Wood. He says the Thomson’s [Mortimer and Anna Thomson] and Allie [Vernon] & Josey [Winship] interchange visits, are quite intimate. Sol [Eytinge] never has more than a dollar or so, let him earn what he will — hands it over to Allie, who, of course, is making a purse for herself. Met [Frank] Cahill. A walk. Honey’s. Writing. Studying Phonograhy at night.

11. Thursday. Down town. Pic Office. To Bellew’s. Return. Drawing. Mrs [Maria] Brooks has applied, through her son, to Mrs [Catharine] Potter, for board for herself and little Nina [Brooks], during the month of April! Mrs P would like to have ‘em but can’t afford to lose [William] Leslie. She was talking to me of her difficulties and debtors. The Poundens are $150, Cahill $70 odd and old Townsend $30 or more. Add to which pecuniary non-get-at-

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-03-09

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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