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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 125, April 21, 1858

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Identifier: DX03520569

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 125, April 21, 1858

Description: Describes stories about Elizabeth Gouverneur told by Mary Levison.


new confidante with whom to gabble, confide in, and slander people. Of course they didn't agree, and hated one another. Mrs [Elizabeth] Gouverneur — who is as false as hell — played tricks which Mrs [Mary] Levisons hard selfishness resented — in short Mrs L found she could make nothing out of her. On one occasion Mrs G excused herself from accompanying Mrs L to the opera by a plea of sickness — subsequently went with a somebody she didn't wish to introduce Mrs L to. I've heard scores of stories of these dodges, but must put down the anecdotes got this night from Mrs Levison. She called on Mrs G during her dislocated arm confinement and spake of her intention of going to Paris. Now Mrs G, as she told me, thinks of doing the same — of course with her usual loose-souledness she was all agog to join Mrs L and the lady who she will accompany. It would be "so nice" to go together — what would she have to pay — wouldn’t she delay her departure — she should come up and live with her (Mrs G) at Cold Spring — till the time of their departure. (Mrs G invites every body to her house in the loosest manner, resorting to the most extraordinary lies and dodges to put them off, if there's danger of their coming. When poor old Mrs Cooper went up to dun her for money due to Mrs [Catharine] Potter, Mrs G nearly starved her. Everything in the household way is managed with incredible stinginess.) Well, Mrs Levison referred her to the lady whom she goes with, then posted up to her — the aforesaid lady — to draw a picture of Mrs G, beforehand. The lady had boarded in the same house with Mrs G once, which was quite enough to make her detest her. So the proposal which she made — "Gladdy [Gouverneur] and May [Gouverneur] to count as one—" wasn't acceded to.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-04-21

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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