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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 3, page 47, December 17, 1851

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Identifier: DX01072534

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 3, page 47, December 17, 1851

Description: Comments on Anna Leave's boarding house.


expedients. Injured tradesfolk appear o’ nights, and suffer hours in kitchens, Mrs [Anna M.] Leave having unaccountably vanished altogether, and the Servants fly hither and thither among the boarders to borrow money, in order to pay the debts. The girl in trousers (—a beast of a girl she is; horribly inquisitive, never shuts a door after her, and her nasty hair curls the wrong-way — (they call her “Angee [Angeline Leave]”!) and another female, half-boarder half-servant come up each day, tapping at my door to borrow money, by the dollar of fifty cents. Sometimes you may sit half an hour waiting breakfast, while they are going all over the house to raise money for a skeleton mutton-chop. Butcher don’t get paid and sends by indifferent meat. All higgledy-piggledy, dogs in dining room, actors sending out for ale, benighted-Scotchmen anxious to get grub &c. Any amount of lying done, to ineffectually hide these dodges, blaming servants (who haven’t got their wages paid for a devil of a time;) and one, a little busy, pleasant-faced waiting maid, called Margaret is I think the best tempered creature I have ever met. Work from morning till night, all troubling her, many blaming her unjustly, and yet Never sullen or cross — [word crossed out] she little thinks what a good little soul she is. / Actor Shaw is in the Tanks and Mrs Leave endeavoring to help him — she and other

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-12-17

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Working class women


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