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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 151, August 7-9, 1851

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Identifier: DX01035826

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 151, August 7-9, 1851

Description: Comments on the fake advertisement for Mrs. Paterson's boarding house.


tisement. That he, on Tuesday even, had percieved the notice, and somewhat startled at the anticipated advent of $1.50 boarders, had sent it below to inquire further. “Tish” [Leticia Paterson] had kept it from her mama till the morrow, and then at the breakfast table great was the shindy. A descant being made by the feminines, on Fagan in the course of the day, [John B.] Holmes relates that he split as to the authorship. Natheless great is the ire manifested towards him, both White & Keating(!) threatening to lycke him. (No talk of licking me. And finally, a letter is to be inserted in the Brooklyn advertiser, (in which also our advertisement appeared, I setting forth how evil-conducted boarders have conspired against Mrs “Pattyson”! [words crossed out]. / Met Mr [Henry] Hart at Saint Polge’s (vide Sairey Gamp,) sketched a little, parted at Duane, and each to our seperate domiciles. Wrote till midnight.

8 Friday. At [168] Duane Street awhile, then out making a sketch of another Broadway block. Back, and out again with Dillon [Mapother]; left him sketching and went to [Charles F.] Anderson’s. Saw the old man who intimated his intention of chiseling me out of $5 of the owing 15, which he promised to “send up.” Back to Dillon and Duane. Returned there after dinner, making drawing from sketch. Evening sallying out, called at [55] Franklin Street. The door opened by a fat old woman who in reply to my inquiry as to whether Mrs [Rebecca] Kidder was at home replied earthy “No!” Whereupon I rejoined “Oh!” as a parody and incontinently sloped. Writing awhile and reading. [Alphonse de] Lamartine & [Thomas] Carlyle on the Revolution of France.

9. Saturday. At Duane Street, drawing. Afternoon having five blocks now fairly drawn out, with Mr Hart & Dillon to Millers the lithographers. He not within, talk with his partner, then left. Called at Holmes’, then to the Battery and Rabineau’s Sherry cobler, then at 6 back, I calling again at Holmes’, then to Leonard. Called at Franklin Street at 8 1/2 Miss Jane Gibson opening the door invited me in the parlor, where I found [Arthur] Mason and the juvenile [Will] Kidder. Mrs K at Connecticut. Told Mason I didn’t want to interrupt his tete a tete, whereon he said “Not at all &

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-08-07

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Personals
19th century
Practical jokes
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)


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