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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 29, October 4, 1860

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Identifier: DX01311847

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 29, October 4, 1860

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

Transcription:

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[George] Boweryem’s Ways.

a good deal in the hugging and kissing way with her [Lizzie Woodward], Richardson with her sister [Susan Woodward]. Both are honest girls enough, naturally want to get married, after their kind. Lizzie got a trick of saying “it’s a pity about” this or that, a popular vulgarism, to an extent that everybody noticed and some folks quizzed it; such phrases like proverbs, seem to supply commonplace people with ready-made smartness. She used to be great in establishing tiffs with people, but, as said, perhaps in dread of getting a reputation for bad temper, she has modified its indulgence of late, though little Boweryem is particularly unlucky in provoking it. He has such extremely “cocky” ways, is really so injudiciously forward and arbitrary, that it needs toleration to stand it. He never thinks his opinions can be unwelcome. The servant girls, whom he orders about in regal style, are alternately rebelling at and at tittering at him. He has an immense capacity for creating enemies, I find. I get along with him well enough, by dint of occasional silence and a little judicious chaff. Mrs. Ham shares her old room with a Miss Emerson, also employed in the shop business on Broadway, a three weeks accession. I fancy there’s more womankind too, as strange faces appear at dinner; we’ve a good deal of

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
Household employees

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