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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 107, November 13, 1860

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Identifier: DX01348967

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 107, November 13, 1860

Description: Regarding a servant working for the Edwards family.



How to win a Servant’s Liking.

She [Eliza Edwards] is “only a great baby after all, and her father [George] and mother [Sarah Edwards] must think a good deal of her to let her go squalling about the house of a Sunday morning,” which shocks our Scot’s sense of propriety. In truth Eliza loves nothing so much as music and singing; it is to her what reading is to a lover of books. She would willingly spend a whole mornings at the piano regarding other duties as irksome. To return to the damsel who would willingly play Friday to Sally [Edwards]’s Robinson Crusoe. She professes to like her vocation, because it gives her an opportunity of observing people — a reason in which I can sympathize. She would like nothing better than to be Sally’s servant and “make things comfortable for her.” “I praise her a little when she does things well,” said Sally “and don’t scold when the opposite happens: I may say she might have done better.” The maid anticipates leaving, but insists she shall call and see Sally. She has her admirers and, as said, makes the girl her confidante about them.

So we talked till Mr and Mrs E. came downstairs. [Edwards] Welles had got a letter from [Thomas] Nast and spoke of it, I didn’t hear particulars. All the Edwards’ family went to visit the Hayes’ yester-evening, with the exception of Sally, detained by

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-11-13

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Scots
Household employees


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