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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 97, March 11, 1858

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Identifier: DX03482083

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 97, March 11, 1858

Description: Describes Catharine Potter, who runs his boarding house.


ables other drawbacks, as the long visits of the Griffins, (by the by Weighty [Griffin] — the prettier of the two and the more selfish, is going to get married to a lawyer) her sister’s [Julia Griffin’s] living here — I suppose she don’t pay — Rawson [Gill] taking out in board an $100 lent to Mrs P. [Catharine Potter] by his mother [Elizabeth Gouverneur] (for which that amiable person took interest) and empty rooms — these, added together, make up a big aggregate lump of trouble for a woman to fight against. Mrs Potter’s a good woman and a character. Her father appears to have been a wealthy and affectionate man. The family lived up the Hudson, near the town of that name, kept a carriage &c. They — the parents came from the north of Ireland; knew Andrew Jackson and well to do people. Mrs P remembers her father’s kneeling down in a field and praying for her, his little daughter. Her mother — old Mrs Cooper, now about the most unvenerable old woman conceivable — was very severe with her daughters, and used to lick Mrs P, in her teens, because she wouldn’t marry a weathy Cuban whom she detested. At 17 she did marry. Her husband — an amiable spoon I fancy, from a little story of hers, how he would turn a picture representing a woman with a low dress on with its face to the wall (!) — died nine months subsequent to the married. Then came misfortunes. Mrs P has lived as the mistress of a boarding-house ever since. Her theory of life is that rather a mortified one. She thinks it’s good for us to be served out. She professes Presbyterianism, and is a good deal wrapped up in dead formula, as to creed. She has, with her husband, been a vegetarian and ventures a mild opinion that we all eat more than is good for us. She traces most of the evil in the world to intemperance. Her strong hold in argument is

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-03-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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