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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 128, December 29-31, 1856

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Identifier: DX03729976

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 128, December 29-31, 1856

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

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truth about herself [Elizabeth Gouverneur] than she has, probably, ever heard in all her life. So much so, indeed, that it ended in a jolly row. Down stairs, on the next story, in the back room sits Mrs Patten, the industrious loquacious Down - Easter, busily plying her sewing-machine, which I doubt not, has been in brisk motion all the live-long day. She hopes that the New Year may see her great, big, heavy dogmatic Hippopatamus of a husband may get “an office” under the new president [James] Buchanan — whom he ([Willis] Patten) worked hard against at the polls. (There are only five or six hundred candidates for the berth.) A I hope he’ll get it for his good wife’s sake. Also she probably hopes that their boy George [Patten] will break himself of theiving. He goes to his father’s pockets for money, spends it in candy, spoils his appetite, and then don’t want breakfast. Also he invariably asks for something that is not, (and ought not to be) on the table, contradicts his parents and is generally insolent to them. Altogether a promising young gentleman. In the front room Mrs [Mary] Levison and her daughter Ellen [Levison] are setting out a table for to-morrows “calls,” when upwards of a hundred or more of those whom Mrs L would call “friends” — and who wouldn’t care for half an hour if she and her husband [William Levison] were hanged — will drop in and do the conventualism of the season. (Not that it isn’t a kindly custom enough — when

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1856-12-31

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Children
Diaries
New Year
Women
Holidays

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