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impedimenta behind, for Mr John Conworth s.  Climb-
ing the hill, had a pretty view of Paris.  Wooden houses and
plenty of them, trees, a river, (the Grand river) a longish
railroad bridge, mills and indications of quiet prosperity.
It has ^|between| four and five thousand population, thirteen years ago
it had about the same number of hundreds.  Yet folks don t
speak of it as a progressing place.   A three-mile tramp through
very well cultivated country.  Stopped at Mr Martin s a
relative of the Conworth s, found I d overshot my mark a little, 
struck off down a road and across fields to a handsome brick-
built Tuderish house   completed about ten months back.
Only Miss Sarah Conworth was at home.  Joined George Bolton
who was out gunning two fields off.         The absent members of
the Conworth family had gone to Brantford, a town some twelve
miles distant.  With George all day.     Out shooting in the after-
noon.  Introduced to a Mr John Tew one of a stalwart family
of four, Warwickshire born, Canadians of thirteen years
standing.     Mr John Conworth, his brother William (my fellow
voyager across the Atlantic) and Edwin returned home in the
evening.  I got the heartiest and kindest welcome   nowhere but
in dearly-loved Chacombe have I experienced a warmer. To bed
very happy and liking Canada immensely.             All the house-
hold superintendance falls on Miss Conworth, and she, though
unused to it, acquits herself nobly.  Her health is better than
when in England. She seems to be less  shy.   I remember when
her extreme diffidence amounted to almost a disease.      The
old gentleman, father of the famiy is visiting some relatives
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and eleven
Description:Describes arriving in Paris, Ontario, to visit George Bolton and the Conworths.
Date:1858-09-30
Subject:Bolton, George; Conworth; Conworth, Edwin; Conworth, John; Conworth, Sarah (Bolton); Conworth, William; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Tew, John; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Paris, [Ontario]
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.