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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 147, May 13-15, 1858

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Identifier: DX03539050

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 147, May 13-15, 1858

Description: Regarding Elizabeth Gouverneur's habits at auctions.


"the gentleman is hungry." [A.F.] Banks feels insulted thereat!

That little, low Cockney theif of a [Frederick] Watson has borrowed $4 from the bar-man at Honey's, entreating him to take it from the till "for only an hour." Of course he has never shown his measly face there since. He always comes the sympathy dodge in his borrowings.

14. Friday. In doors all day, writing. Phonography at night. Rawson Gill returned to the country after his mother. Mrs [Catharine] Potter got talking today about Mrs G [Elizabeth Gouverneur]'s behaviour at auctions. She always bid under Mrs P's name, used to get excited by competition and run prices up to twice the value of the article — sometimes out of spite towards other bidders. And they'd retaliate, and tell her of it. Next day she'd repent and try to shuffle off paying. Once the auctioneer out of leniency proposed to let her off some articles when she immediately fancied that they were bargains, wouldn't let him have 'em and — had to dispose of 'em at another sale at half price! Being in a lawyer's office with Mrs P. she availed herself of his absensce to read over every paper. What infernally mean things women will do before one another!

15. Saturday. Chores. Down town. Met Wurzbach, who is still working at Frank Leslie's. Pic Office. [Frank] Bellew there. To Fulton St. Saw [Thomas] Strong. Returned up town, passing [Fitz James] O'Brien and a companion of his. He rather swellishly dressed and his whiskers of lighter color than usual. (He is writing a burlesque, in conjunction with Stuart (alias O'Flaherty) and another, to be produced at Wallack's. [C.D.] Stuart is an Irish Jew, with bald head, black beard and very Hebraical features. He did some extensive swindling villainy in Ireland, came to this country four

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-05-13

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Auctions


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