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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 104, November 13, 1860

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Identifier: DX01347410

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 104, November 13, 1860

Description: Regarding a servant working for the Edwards family.

Transcription:

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The Servant-Girl at 745 [Broadway].

by his advice, not had the tooth extracted, submitting to leeching for relief.) What the girl [Sally Edwards] told me about their servant is curious and amusingly illustrative of how we are judged, summed-up, liked and disliked by a class which we are not over prone to accredit with acumen. This servant is a Scotchwoman with a temper of her own, often “as [word crossed out] saucy as she can be” to her mistress or to others whom she has no liking for, especially to Mrs Honeywell, Charley’s mother. When that lady (who has a bonnet and cap store in the upper portion of the premises) sends down to the basement to borrow a cup, a saucer, any small article, the Scottish damsel responds with the curtest of replies, saying that the required utensil is “engaged” that “the family” need all their crockery &c. Mrs H. is an Irishwoman and the girl hates her. She has little love, either, for the rest of the family, excepting only Sally, her she is devoted to. At first, she naively confessed, she thought her very distant and lady-like and wondered if she would ever be friendly and familiar. She thought too, a la Susan Nipper, that Sally seemed alone in the familyx and uncared for and told her so, adding that “them’s the kind she always took to.” She will do anything for Sally, delights in coddling her, in pre-

x Sally remembers crying over “the Ugly Duckling” in her childhood.

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-11-13

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Dentists
Diaries
Household employees
Scots
Women
Irish

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