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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 126, April 21-22, 1858

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Identifier: DX03521408

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 126, April 21-22, 1858

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


Still, having used up all the people in her new boarding-house and got intensely detested there she [Elizabeth Gouverneur] comes to visit Mrs [Mary] Levison. Mrs L is learning French and the guitar. The music master being present on one of Mrs G's visits sang in a manner which Mrs G thought "beautiful." So she worries Mrs L to know when he'd come again. Mrs L told her at 3 P.M. yesterday. Now yesterday was the wettest, most drenching day conceivable, yet sure enough, at fifteen minutes past the hour in comes the draggled widow. In order to save one cent she had taken rail-car instead of omnibus, walked two or three blocks, only to arrive — too late. Mrs L had purposely named the hour at which her guitar lesson concluded. Presently Gladdy [Gouverneur] came to fetch her home — having stayed behind to get his lunch out of the boarding house — also wet through. "Why didn't you ride?" "Why, you know, ma, you wouldn't give me the money!" This boy she pretends to doat on, and he has some internal disease, they say enlargement of the heart. I have hear her scold him for running up stairs too fast. Well, after borrowing a quarter dollar Mrs G went off. Presently a Frenchman, one of her fellow boarders, calls with a carriage and manifests much excitement on learning that she has gone. (She had left a message at the boarding house bidding him follow — telling Mrs Levison, too, that she had run away especially to avoid him!) "What a fool she does delight to make of me!" says the miserable dupe of a Frenchman!

Mrs L gave me a note for [Jesse] Haney, which I took to him.

22. Thursday. Down town. To F. Leslie’s. Old [Thomas] Powell "looming up burly and large" like Micawber, for whose portrait he sat, in the office. He gave me but a sulky

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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