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  1.  Friday.  Witnessing pig-killing and the subsequent opera-
tions.  Loafing generally.   Mr Conworth returned at night.
Saw more of the Tews and other folk.    Agriculture in Cana-
da is now under a bit of a cloud, in consequence of last winter s
financial crisis.    Before then everything was couleur de rose,
prices high, farmers building themselves fine houses, land sel-
ling at perhaps double its present rates.        Money here will fetch
exhorbitant rates of interest, many farms are deeply mortgaged
and oftentimes the lender steps into possession, while the imprudent
farmer clears out for the West   that universal transatlantic
resort for all hard-up people.   Wheat is the principal product 
being the only grain which brings hard cash.  Paris has its flour
mills.       It got its name, not as one naturally conjectures from
original French settlers, but from its plaster of Paris,^|in| of which
article the vicinity abouts.      The land is well tilled generally,
no tree-stumps defacing the fields now brightly green with the
newly-planted wheat.      They grow Indian corn, but only for domes-
tic uses.     They live easily, plentifully, not very roughly, nor do
they work hard.       Now it s quite leisure time.    Winter brings
plenty of snow and sleighing,  logging  in the woods and blazing
fires in doors.        This Conworth family is one of the kindest,
honestest, pleasantest.  O, the superiority of an English home
to an American one.       I am already dreading the time when
my holiday will be over and I back in my New York board-
ing-house again.
  2.  Saturday.  To Martins with George. (Mr M. had
brought my baggage from Paris yesterday, per wagon.)  Then
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and twelve
Description:Regarding the state of agriculture in Canada.
Subject:Agriculture; Conworth; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Martin, Joseph
Coverage (City/State):Paris, [Ontario]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.