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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 85, April 23, 1851

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Identifier: DX01011410

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 85, April 23, 1851

Description: Comments on a fellow boarder named Tilton.


Mrs Dob, (smilingly and officiously) I thought I generally could please you Mr Tilton!

Tilton (savagely.) You may yerself, but it don’t follow you do others!

(Mrs Dob helps him, sits down, trembles all over, smiles in a paralytical manner, and after ten minutes space asks him for the salt, which he don’t give her.)

Drama the Second.

(Scene, the Dinner table, that meal being in progress, or rather drawing towards its conclusion.)

Mrs Dob, (with an air of interest and importance) Mary! Mr Tilton’s plate. —

Tilton, (to the Slavey) Have you got apple pie?

Mary. Yis Sirr.

Tilton Hot, or cold? (Mrs Dob watches with an air of extreme interest.

Mary. Cold Sirr!

(Tilton’s eyes assume a truculent and revengeful expression, and he incontinently dives at a dish containing clammy rice, a great spoonful of which he deposits on his plate with vehemence. Mary, with that obscurity of intellect natural to her, brings a triangular fragment of cold apple pie to him. He sulkily rebuffs it. Mrs Tilton meekly whispers a few hurried suggestions about warming it at the stove.

Tilton, (savagely) Oh! Wot they buy at the Shop over the way!

Exit the writer, whistling Lilliburlero after the fashion of Mine Uncle Toby. Scene closes


Drawing all the afternoon remaining, Homer [Hall] dozing. In the evening went forth, and walked into 174 Mulberry, whereat Mr [Joseph] Greatbatch and family now abide. A low street, but good house. Mr G nailing carpets

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-04-23

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Salt
19th century
Working class women


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