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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 146, May 13, 1858

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Identifier: DX03538209

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 146, May 13, 1858

Description: Regarding Mr. Pounden's suspicious nature.

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intended departure. Upon my speaking, his mother [Mrs. Pounden] said "Didn't Frank [Pounden] tell you of it? — he told Mr P. [Mr. Pounden] he did." Well I asked Frank, and he said that his father informed him that I had told him. I'd held the thing as a sort of secret, not indeed believing that Pounden would go, — of course avoiding dropping a word to the obnoxious Irishman his father!

I put this down as a trait of Irish nature. "Suspicion always haunts the Celtic mind." Lying and distrust are inherent in them. They can't suppose a simple, straightforward action. One Sunday morning, from sheer want of something to say to the nasty cub, I chanced to remark that we hadn't seen him much of late at dinner, asking whether business kept him down town. Well he goes to his son with dirty suspicions that I’m inquiring about his business &c. Irish nature is revolting — all through — from an [Fitz James] O’Brien down — or up-to a Pounden.

In doors, writing and drawing. [William] Leslie upin my room a good deal — he, like Job, afflicted with boils, which prevent him from going to Philadelphia, and taking a sick holiday. Down town in the afternoon. Met [B.G.] Stone. He's stopping temporarily in New York, with his wife. Squeaky voice as of yore. A true summer's day. Broadway full of women. F. Leslie's, Pic Office &c. Return. [Robert] Gun up for an hour. [Frank] Cahill's "drunk" has extended from last Friday till yesterday night. He has betted a pound of tobacco with [Jesse] Haney that he'll abstain from liquor for a month, now. Story of squabble between Cahill and [A.F.] Banks. Cahill feeding at Honey’s Banks (agreable man!) helps himself to a piece of bread, rubbing it round in Cahill's butter-dish. Cahill invites him to call for something, and as he won't, asks the boy to do so, as

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1858-05-13

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Irish

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