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Ashton Place, from thence, after another
hour or more, took a rail-car ride down town, and
the boat for Staten Island.  A lovely day.  To the Pagoda,
saw the Swinton its proprietor and Swinton pere.  Then
a five mile tramp in the interior, hot; but pleasant.
Arrived at Alfred Swinton s farm, found him and
children (three of them) his wife being sick of remit-
tent fever.   Ate largely of water melons & bread and but-
ter, talked with Swinton, went out with him through his
woods to see the hill-site on which he projects building
a house. (I don t think the place can be healthy   Swinton
himself was put to bed for four months last year by
the same disease now troubling his wife.    There s swampy
ground adjacent.)    Tramped back, the evening growing
a little damp at sunset: to New York and walked
up town, fed at Florence s & Honey s and then parted
at our boarding house doors   he going to Mrs Jewell s.
  A pleasantly spent day altogether.  I fancy he seemed
just a little less prone to indulge his old humor of talk-
ing ill-conditioned of things and folk-condemning  em.
Yet hard times and the difficulty of supporting a fami-
ly, tell upon him, as they well may.    He talks anxious-
ly at times; and will never quite get over the effects
accruing from the great error of his life.   Her, I doubt
not, he loves as much of as ever.   Nor is he anyway
repentant beyond a sort of dogged impression that it s
a pity they came together under such circumstances.   He
appears to admit that he has and must still pay
the price of it, and to be sulkily content to do so.     He
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and ninety-eight
Description:Describes a visit to Alfred Swinton and his family on Staten Island.
Date:1858-09-12
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mrs.; Staten Island (New York, N.Y.); Swinton, Alfred; Swinton, Alfred, Mrs.; Swinton, Mrs.; Swinton, Sr.
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.