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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 127, December 29-31, 1856

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Identifier: DX03729113

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 127, December 29-31, 1856

Description: Gives his thoughts on what others in his boarding house are doing on New Year's Eve.


story for [William] Levison, save this present one — the last of the year. As I sit, ‘tis a dark night out o’ doors, and snowing lightly. I had half intended starting for [Frank] Bellew’s, but tired with tramping about (I spent the afternoon on the “European”) in a big pair of knee high boots which I’ve just got made, I resolve to stay in doors, read, think, and go to bed early. What are the people in this house doing just now. I think I can tell. In the adjacent attic is Miss Church — plying her needle probably. She anticipates that the new year will change her name and give her an Italian husband. Opposite, in the front attic is Mrs [Elizabeth] Gouverneur and her brood. I hear the spoiled-child’s voice of little May [Gouverneur] querulously raised at this moment. She is the veriest little despot conceivable. And now she’s howling. Mrs G’s received a letter from her son Rawson [Gill] — and not yet answered it. In six months she’ll ignore the fellow’s existence, as she has that of a grown up daughter of hers, now in Australia. What are her hopes for the new year? A third marriage I suppose, in which she hopes to barter her selfishness, uncertain temper and cockney vulgarity for a rich, young, handsome, and well-born husband. She, really, in a trashy lose sort of way thinks this may come to pass! I had an uproarously chaffing evening three Sunday’s back, with her, and Miss Church, in which I told the former, jocularly, more

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1856-12-31

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
New Year


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