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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 101, March 14-15, 1858

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Identifier: DX03485421

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 101, March 14-15, 1858

Description: Describes Mr. Pounden and his wife, who live in his boarding house.


then back, to drawing.

15. Monday. Drawing, from 9 A. M to about 2 next morning. Did nine drawings on wood. [William] Leslie is back from Philadelphia. Mrs Pounden the elder is sick of neuralgia and don’t show at meals. I must sketch her husband here. He is a most obnoxious Irishman, evidently of much lower social standing than his wife. He may be forty, is dark haired, with a false Celtic eye, features not individually bad, face roundish and ignoble, and general expression common. repulsive. He has the small cunning of the race, can never ask plainly even for a pipe full of tobacco, but lays a trap for it by indirect questions, which he fancies are humorous. He vents dreary lies under the same impression. You can mention no illustrious name in letters but he tells some palpable flam of his playing at “kyards” with them or something of the sort. Like all the Irish who are not Anglo-phobic he loves to grovel at titled names, and assumes to be absurdly interested in “Me Lorrud this” or Vicount that. Moreover he pretends at loyalty. He lost the berth — a very good one, for the likes of him, &mdash of mail agent between Detroit & Niagara because he was insolent to a man placed above him &mdash sure he’d known the man in a subordinate office. He gets drearily drunk in the day time and comes home to sleep it off. He was a despot in authority and is sycophantic and soft-soapey in adversity. His wife is a worthy woman, and three parts a lady, though her creed is all formula, and she’s extremely narrow-minded. Bating that one respects her. She’s trying to resume her former employments &mdash teaching French or music, but can’t find an engagement. She’d be willing to transport her worthless husband to Ireland, to get rid of him, but I suppose he prefers loafing here, under the expectation of getting money from a brother. [Fitz James] O’Brien

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-03-14

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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