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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 28, October 4, 1860

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Identifier: DX01311335

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 28, October 4, 1860

Description: Describes the current boarders at his boarding house at 132 Bleecker Street.

Transcription:

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Lizzie Woodward.

temper, about which I once had the presumption to lecture her [Lizzie] and to my surprise produced some effect — it may be merely exteriorly or temporarily, but so it is. She, like her sister [Susan Woodward], is of English (? Irish) birth and parentage; their father abandoned his wife and family and I think the former is dead. They have a junior brother, a hotel-clerk in New Haven. Both girls are red-haired, the elder, plump jolly-looking and passionate, hits her sister sometimes, in private; they have rows together. Lizzie’s fairness and figure give her pretensions to beauty; seen at a little distance she looks quite handsome, closer, and you find the apparent regularity of her features disappear, the nose plebeianly, rather than prettily retrouseé and the skin less smooth and fair than you had expected. She has indefinite-colored eyes — she says green — which look dark by lamplight in contrast with her complexion, and a little, fair moustache. Withal, she impresses one pleasantly as a pretty girl. It’s importation, talking to her, as she knows by little. When she came here, she was rather pretistic, but that has partially evaporated; though I don’t think she plays cards, as the rest do. Fite did

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1860-10-04

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Diaries
Women

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