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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 183, September 19-20, 1851

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Identifier: DX09059968

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 183, September 19-20, 1851

Description: Mentions an argument with Mrs. Flowers, resulting in Gunn having to leave the boarding house.


19. Friday. Finished drawing. Wrote letter for home. Down town, to French's, to [Thomas W.] Strongs', to the "Traveller" Office, where I found Scoundrel Hawkins. He editor of the paper, Holbrook, Bay-State-born printer proprietor. (Always the case, some steady going fellow believing in a partner-snob.) Talk. Engaged to write Story at dollar a Column, gave them Chapter the First of "Ike Chivvles in London." To the "Leader" Office, talk with [Thomas] Picton and Co, then return to Leonard. Talking and laughing with [C.W.] Warren at dinner, the boarding-house-virago faced Mrs Flowers imagined we were blaspheming the victuals, (so we learnt afterwords,) and following each, severally, as we left the room, bade us find another boarding-house. Told her I would with the greatest pleasure. Warren subsequently had an explanation with her, and she partially apologized, wherefore he'll stay. Says he thinks she was drunk; — her face says so too. (Pope, who boarded with her, in Brooklyn bore witness to me of her bachinal propensities). Know she's a brimstone and that the place has been hateful since it changed hands. / Mrs K [Rebecca Kidder] called, anent some little drawing job I had offered to do for her, — told me Lotty [Kidder] goes on Saturday. Won’t call to-night. I can do her no good; — stand aloof is the word. I resent not her whims and sulks but shan't go for 'em. Keep mine own dignity such as 'tis. / Afternoon, copying M S. To French's, [John N.] Genins, and [John B.] Holmes. Wilkins & others there. He off for Canada. / Evening, writing.

20. Saturday. Out looking for boarding house, a posse of folks issuing from Mrs K’s door, [Arthur] Mason &c, did not see Lotty. To Weber, bootmakers. Back; writing. Afternoon, to French, to Bobbett & Edmonds, to see [William] Brotherhead. (I think the two former don’t show speak with the cordiality they exhibited [word crossed out] when I first called there; — [words crossed out] they're higher up richer now. bah! But [words crossed out] / Post Office, Andersons, & Holmes. And there J B H narrated of a fearful last night’s shindy at [222] Washington Street. He having had a glass too much, went home, walked into the universal parlor, demanded where was the d__d scoundrel who had made the noise on the other night, (Sawyer).

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-09-19

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Drinking of alcoholic beverages
Publishers and publishing


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