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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 137, July 17-18, 1851

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Identifier: DX09970790

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 137, July 17-18, 1851

Description: Comments on fellow boarders in his boarding house.


where lay one of his children; the open shop beyond & schnieders working.

18. Friday. Drawing during the morning. Afternoon to New York. To Wall Street & [Charles] Andersons, the boys [Fred and Pelham Anderson] there. To Post Office, to Robinson Street, to [177] Canal, to Perry Street, and then, 6 o’clock approaching, back; taking ice-cream in Chatham Street Saloon by the way. On the Ferry-boat was met by Albert Brown, and together we walked up Fulton Street. His brother George’s essay to start in business here has proved a failure, he now seeking employ, as is Albert himself. Fearfully is he marked by the small pox. (How the devil does he live I wonder. He dresses well, has no employ, & must eat, drink, & sleep.) Evening passed on the wooden terrace in rear of the house, prompting the fellows to send for beer and setting ‘em singing nigger songs. / I shall not stop long at this place. They do the [unclear word] in the grub department, re-cooking unfortunate fishes twice over, to the production of unsavory smells, & generally speaking don’t come up to the average in the provant way. Other boarders pay less too than I. And for company, though they’re sociable, there’s nothing in any of ‘em. Mrs P’s [words crossed out] by [word crossed out] attentions and civilities attempts to make up the table deficencies (which however she’s quite conscious of, for she spake of the “novelty” of the employ, when she’s been in it for sure two years, or nigh upon’t. / The oldest daughter Mrs Brooks [words crossed out] has a resentful half-injured style of speaking, (not uncommon with Yankee feminines, who all must do the independent stay to the exclusion of good temper.) Her husband seems tolerably well informed, and talks interestingly of California. Miss “Tish” [Leticia Paterson] or “Tishy” as they call her is quiet, [word crossed out] and fish-like. Very icy indeed. Rather rebutting in her replies to those who do the talking. Perhaps her reserve is sorrow for her father, perhaps its an idea that she’s not made enough of. She comes out with “fool” & the like to her sister sometimes. The defunct Paterson, requiescat in pace two years back is spoken of now & then; — he must have been a very fool unexceptionable man, and a great snob. Never swore in’s life, never got impatient

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-07-17

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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