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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 124, February 25-27, 1859

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Identifier: DX03300946

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 124, February 25-27, 1859

Description: Comments on Catharine Potter's untruthfulness.


the man in possession — or rather the flams, for Mrs P. [Catharine Potter] had fibbed another story to the servants — was blown, universally, folks talking it over at the breakfast-table, Mrs P. didn't seem at all abashed at being detected in lying. A hard word for it, perhaps, but the true one. Unveracity becomes a part of many womens' nature; they never think it shameful or wrong for a second, or suppose others can take that view of it. Men, too — plenty of 'em, — but I think women the worse in this matter. Their position necessitates it.

Man in possession, by the bye, wanted to be affectionate to the chamber-maid, who is on the queer side of homely, Heaven knows! Had an equivocal female up to see him, too, who took off her bonnet and sat on the bed, and was incontinently put to flight by Mrs P. on the report of indignant chambermaid.

26. Saturday. Through the snow to [Dr. William] Blakeman's; paid him $10. Working all day, drawing on wood, till late at night. Phonography. Have kept it up each day — intend (?) to continue so.

27. Sunday. [E.H.] Chapin's twice, morning and evening. Going into Honey's for some ale, in the morning, the barman told me he'd seen Mr [Frank] Cahill at Washington Street, Brooklyn, last night (Honey has a tavern there) drunk. "He seemed to have lots of money, said he was going on a spree &c — wouldn’t be persuaded to leave it with me — sorry to see it! — when he gets a going &c &c!" Phonography and some scrib-

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1859-02-25

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Household employees
Drinking of alcoholic beverages
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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