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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 84, April 23, 1851

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Identifier: DX01010960

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 84, April 23, 1851

Description: Comments on a fellow boarder named Tilton.


driver down South, hath no ostensible means of living, believed to be a black leg, anything bad you will. Chaffed intensely by [Arthur] Mason is he [Tilton] in a minor degree by [Henry] Surtees, [words crossed out] and detested in a minor or major degree by all, little nincompoop Dob [Elizabeth Dobson] has had things said to her of this fellow which if she be not guilty (I fear she is as I can’t imagine any woman so completely in a man’s power as she appears to be without grave suspicion; — besides she’s such a fool;) — is wonder to think of. Tilton’s had his meals in’s own room of late, for this ludicrous reason. He brought home a little terrier pup, which the boy [William] Dobson made much of; — the animal being in the room as wont of an evening, at the supper table, Alf [Waud] takes him up and lets him lap up milk out of his saucer. Mason smiles depreciatingly, poor, tall, sick looking Mrs Tilton smiles, Homer [Hall] looks in hard astonishment, [Samuel] Boggs gets intensely red in the face, (as he always does on the smallest provocation), and nudges his little, quaint, good-tempered, affectionate wife [Catherine Boggs] to see. Suddenly Tilton rises, quits his supper and hurrys away from the room. Little Dob glides round full of intense spite, collars the dog, and with a “Mr Waud, there are limits to every thing — ” puts puppy out of the room. Intense suppressed fun thereon, little explosive roars of laughter, and Boggs awfully red in the face. Surtees overjoyed and Mason almost driving the little woman wild with his remarks. This occurred some four days before Alf’s departure, and during his stay Tilton had his meals sent into his room, and has but now appeared. Two former Tiltonian Dramas ought to have been Chronicled, so have at them.

Drama the First.

Scene. The Breakfast Table at early morning. Tilton having disposed of the portion of steak allotted to himself, by himself, hands his plate to Mrs Dob for more, with severe directions regarding the same.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-04-23

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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