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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 92, January 25, 1859

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Identifier: DX03275002

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 92, January 25, 1859

Description: Regarding the Bradbury family, who live in his boarding house.

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of shade in his pictures of life! telling too much of its meannesses and littlenesses! He [William Makepeace Thackeray] is well off in the matter of friends and acquaintances who knows as many good persons as Thackeray puts in any one of his books. Now for a fresh peep into my boarding-house inferno — say, rather, purgatory. Mrs [Catharine] Potter and [Willis] Patten are on the non-intercourse tack — row about the "security" business — feminine sharpness of temper, consciousness of obligation, producing it. Mrs Pounden who has come here, periodically, to give Anna Bradbury music lessons, has had a row with the quandam mother, apropos of her not stopping long enough, and decamped with a flourish of offended dignity. Mrs Bradbury is, I believe an American but don’t look like it. An exceedingly common-place, washerwoman sort of person — does washing, indeed, — I have seen her in odious dishabille near her door, with a pail, risin rinsing clothes. Said to be rich, having money in her own right, knows nothing, never reads, can't amuse herself, never says anything to individualize herself, is generally coarsely and cheaply constituted. Husband a broad Yorkshire-speaking man, good meaning, broadly and sometimes stupidly British in his opinions, interrupts you while speaking, talks of stocks & railroad shares, has known this country for between twenty and thirty years and is a bore from his exceedingly limited range of ideas — is honest, withal and has no affectations. The Kings, very sensibly,

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1859-01-25

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Authors
Boardinghouses
19th century
Books and reading
Diaries
Women

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