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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 105, November 13, 1860

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Identifier: DX01347929

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 105, November 13, 1860

Description: Regarding a servant working for the Edwards family.

Transcription:

96

Her Regard for Sally [Edwards]

[pre]paring little dainties when the girl is sick, arbitrarily insisting on Sally’s indulging herself. A word or smile is ample payment for all. When engaged in scrubbing or other domestic drudgery, if Sally passes, the maid will ask her, appealingly, to “say something” to her. “I make a little joke, then,” said Sally, “and she is quite delighted. She says I’m the only one who treats her as if she had feelings.” She would give Sally presents only she supposes the girl wouldn’t accept ‘em. Her estimate of Sally argues a curious amount of acuteness and simplicity. She thinks [word crossed out] her “very simple” and cautions her against being “put upon” by servants, when she is married, to which she advises her, suspecting that she has some affair of the heart which makes her lonely and unhappy and which the maid would fain be admitted to, having told her young mistress all her own. She believes Sally would be capable of loving very dearly “the right kind of man,” but deplorably unhappy in case of a mistake, and has puzzled herself to discover “who it is,” reckoning up, severally, the visitors to the house. [Jesse] Haney, she thinks, very amusing, me she approves of, Jim Parton she is enthusiastic about. She heard him talking in behalf of servants, a subject he is eloquent

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: Diaries
Household employees
Women

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