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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 110, March 24-27, 1858

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Identifier: DX03492938

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 110, March 24-27, 1858

Description: Tells a story about Elizabeth Gouverneur lying about her daughter May's age to save money on a city car.

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her [Allie Vernon’s] dupe [Solomon Eytinge]. [Frank] Cahill went round to [George] Arnold’s for an hour and then came back to bed.

25. Thursday. The first shower-bath of the season! Down town early, back by 9. Met [John A.] Wood and Arnold. Drawing, writing and a little Phonography all day till 9 P.M. Then to the Edwards’. Quite a room full of folks. [James] Parton there, in honor of his half-brother presence with a newly-wed-wife. Miss Bonestell, the Edwards girls [Eliza, Matty, and Sally Edwards], Cahill and [Jesse] Haney made up the rest. Talk music and singing — Eliza’s good contralto voice prominent in the latter. Some attempts at dancing, Cahill taking a turn or two with the girls.

26. Friday. Down town. To Haney’s, Post Office and Ferris’ — didn’t see [Frank] Pounden at the latter place. Pic Office. Return and drawing steadily til 9 or later. A whole batch of notions for the Harpers — if they like to have ‘em.

Story illustrative of Mrs [Elizabeth] Gouverneur’s habits of lying and theft. She was riding in a city car with the child, May [Gouverneur], and inquired May’s age. “Under five!” “Why, ma,” says May, when they got out, “I’m nearly six.” “Why did you tell that falsehood?” asks Mrs [Catharine] Potter. “I never saw such a fool as you are!” was the reply. Mrs Gouverneur saved just two cents by the lie. Further on, she took a plum or apple or the like, at a shop at which they called. May at the next fruit-stall plunged her little fists into a basket-full of peanuts, and went dancing off!

27. Saturdy. A letter from George Bolton. He writes expressing a regard for me which touches me; as usual a little morbidly about the future, yet with a flowingly-

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1858-03-24

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Artists
Children
Diaries
Women

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