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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 72, April 2-5, 1851

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Identifier: DX01005575

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 72, April 2-5, 1851

Description: Comments on two fellow boarders, Henry Surtees and Arthur Mason.


Drawing illustrated initial letters on wood, for the “Porcupine” during the Evening. Atchien called, a farewell visit; as he and Haydon Hall leave for China tomorrow.

3. Thursday. Office all day. Evening drawing, save for an half-hour in Mr [Elisha] Hall’s room, having decended [descended] thereto to shake hands with Haydon, and remaining in converse with the old gentleman. [word crossed out] What mischief and ill-blood fools can create — here these two snobs [Henry] Surtees and [Arthur] Mason with their insidious cant of nationality mar daily the good feeling that but for them would exist at table. Surtees is a ruffian with a trifle of dandy polish, and a phiziognomy like a barber’s “dummy”, uses the w in place of the r, (eshewing the latter wholly,) laughs in a vulgar gasping style, uses oaths and viler words to the little woman [Elizabeth Dobson] of aught displease him; — is a useless cur, doing nothing, born to “consume the fruits of the earth.” — I suppose he has money. Mason has quaint humor, great power of irritating small souls, has been a debauchee, knows obscene songs, drinks, and comes home at 2 or 3 in the morning, — a queer little dog, but a very little one to worry so tolerant [word crossed out] and country loving a man as Hall Senior. [words crossed out] He has parted with his first born for [word crossed out], — three years. Bradley goes too, having parted with wife and family. Haydon’s newly wed wife goes with him.

4. Friday. Office. Evening. Mr [Henry] Hart and Dillon [Mapother] calling induced Alf [Waud] and self to wander forth, down town, to Liberty Street and the tavern whereat [Joseph] Richardson calleth o’nights. Sate reading “Punch” &c till 10, then back “tew hum.” This day, at noon got letters from England, one from my dear Mother [Naomi Butler Gunn], and one from [William] Boutcher.

5. Saturday. Office, finishing my work there for this present. Evening, after an unsuccessfull call at [Hardin] Andrews’ returned, and dropping

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-04-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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