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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 98, January 29, 1859

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Identifier: DX03279859

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 98, January 29, 1859

Description: Mentions that Elizabeth Gouverneur has gone to Cold Spring with Lucia Cooper.


[cur]rent of his trying to extort money from a man who declared that he had paid them and would not pay him. Up town, called at the St Nicholas, [George] Roberts gone to live up-town. Brought Ross in to supper. Wrote all the evening. Mrs [Elizabeth] Gouverneur was off this morning for Cold Spring at her brother in laws solicitation, taking with her Miss [Lucia] Cooper. I have seen her more than once of late — talked to her for half an hour in Mrs Patten's room where I went to borrow a newspaper. She — Mrs G. — went through her present course of do-you-think-I-shall-get-better-am-I-going-to die-what-shall-I-do solicitations. I talked earnestly to her, tried to get her to live a higher life — with as much success as I expected! She manifests curious candor, at times. She acknowledged she did not love or care for anybody — even her children [May and Adolphus Gouverneur and Rawson Gill] — to the extent of being interested in them! Mrs Patten came out very well in the colloquy. There had been a squabble between the two, but Mrs G. came and subject Mrs P to a similar course of boredom which the other women in the house have endured, breaking through temporary non-intercourse. Everyway the American is the better woman. She loved her child, too, though she did want to prevent it's birth, from dread of pain and responsibility. But in this country no such idea of criminality is attached to this horror, and though it does not excuse, it may palliate the intention. She

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1859-01-29

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Authors
19th century


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