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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 130, December 29-31, 1856

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Identifier: DX03731704

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 130, 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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[Catharine Pot]ter — who visits her [Miss Sturgis] — says she has “a fine mind,” and reads considerably. The woman has relatives, nephews and nieces &c, and ought to be petting them, instead of leading such a wretched-old-magpie existence. What her hopes of the New Year are the Lord knows. (I think Mrs Potter has testamentary designs on her — and, really, she ought to leave her some money, for her complaisance for many years.) What are Mrs P’s hopes for the future? A larger and more money making boarding house, perhaps. She deserves it, and much more. I’m not sure but that Mrs P is just the best woman in the house. Then there’s her old mother. Her wishes, if she has any, must be very dim indeed!

[Jesse] Haney’s out, and Scotch [William] Leslie. The former would [word crossed out] wish for a wife and a home — the latter more money, and then a wife and home.

There’s Sol Eytinge, too, in the basement. But his wishes would not extend beyond money enough to pay for drinks and billiards for the current evening.

For myself, what would I fain hope that 1857 would bring me?

Well, I’d like the “Physiology of N. Y. Boarding Houses” to be a great success. But I don’t hope it — or only occasionally. I’d like my present berth on the “European” to continue. And — ah! I would to Heaven I could hope to be successful

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1856-12-31

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Women
Boardinghouses
19th century
Diaries
New Year
Holidays

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