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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 96, November 11, 1860

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Identifier: DX01343262

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 96, November 11, 1860

Description: Describes Rebecca Kidder's sister Margaret Winchester and the traits of her family.



A Shifty and Sponging Family.

11. Sunday. Squally and rainy, turned out to go to [Jesse] Haney and returned. [Charles] Damoreau up, stayed to dinner and after. He has heard of Lotty [Kidder]’s coming departure for England, from her aunt, Mrs. [Margaret] Winchester, who has “bought” Lotty’s piano, after the fashion of the family. There never was such an extraordinary lot as they are — all of them. The amount of borrowing, sponging, getting things on credit, on half and quarter payments, eked out God knows how, or wholly ignored, that the tribe have been, time out of mind, addicted to, must be enormous. These Winchesters, now, work on the feelings of Charley’s good, old maiden sister [Emma Brown], when she lends them $100, which she is now “taking out” in board. They were “wild,” too, says Charley, to get the remainder of her savings — $200 or $300, — to throw them into the hyper-phosphates, offering her unlimited board, for the interest alone! Charley advised her against it, wherefore the little shop. Mrs. Winchester is the worthy sister of the ex-Mrs. [Rebecca] Kidder. Making a tremendous parade of economy she yet squanders money or runs in debt for articles of furniture, altogether pretentious and superfluous; with an affectation of regard and esteem for one another the inmates of the house are all full of hates and jealousies and as miserable as they can be. The hyper-

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-11-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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