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reverence of heart for the writer as I can never des-
cribe.  Oh, this kind, true, honest heart, God make me
worthy of it!  How good she is   how weak of purpose am I!
God give her to me soon   I pray, I pray!
  She has been staying at Neithrop for three weeks, going thither
to console with Sarah Ann in consequence of  her disappointment in the
Amos Sears affair.      It seems that S.A. liked her elderly admirer
better than honest John Conworth, preferring to stay in England,
rather than to cross the Atlantic in search of a husband.  Miss
Conworth writes to Neithrop that  nothing but death shall seperate 
her and George now.  Dick Bolton, like the trump he is, writes
about George s prospects, offering to pay the interest of the
sum he wants to raise.             Here s a home picture of Hannah s
drawing.  When the letter was being read, Mr Bolton stood
at his table, looking over his tax-books; he did not take the
least notice, never asked even how they (Dick & George) were.
They say he never does.   I felt as though I could shake him! 
x x   He really is, Tom, the most passive animal for a man
I ever saw.     Dick  scolded S.A.  because she d written a
letter to Sarah Conworth,  at the time when she thought her-
self engaged to Sears,  without a word for John in it   which
the good fellow  felt very much    Dick commenting strongly
on her  trifling with such feelings &c.  So now S.A has written
in another strain to Sarah Conworth.    William Bolton and
Charley look very straight at one another,  and scarcely speak.
 William is really a hard man.    I don t like him a bit! 
Good for you, my Hannah!                             /      Cahill came
in at night with tickets for Lola Montez lecture, so we all went.
The place, Hope Chapel, was cram jam full, so we did a bit of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page sixty-seven
Description:Describes a letter received from Hannah Bennett about friends in England.
Date:1858-02-08
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Bolton, George; Bolton, Henry; Bolton, Richard; Bolton, Sarah Ann; Bolton, William; Cahill, Frank; Conworth, John; Conworth, Sarah (Bolton); Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lectures and lecturing; Montez, Lola; Sears, Amos; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Neithrop, [England]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.