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and shortly afterwards he did quite suddenly.    It s
out of life s ordinary queer chances that I should sit in
his son s parlor in Canada.       Martin and Conworth joined
us thus there and we, presently, rattled back to the farm-house.
Dozing, reading and scribbling this in the rest of the
day.
  5.  Tuesday.  Out with George Bolton and Arthur Tew;
they gunning with little success.
  6.  Wednesday.  Up by 2 A.M. not having slept a wink
from anticipation.   A son of John Tew s came to arouse
us, and we found him waiting outside.    A dark night
though innumerable stars were shining.  As we progressed
over the ploughed fields, down the hill side   Conworth s
house stands upon an eminence   it seemed to me as if
we were crossing the convex top of the world, indistinct,
ghostly trees glooming up around the very circular hori-
zon.    How the stars winked and glittered, too!   Some-
thing beautiful and awful in the thought of their watching
a sleeping world.    Arrived at John Tew s, folks all astir,
lanterns gleaming about, horses being put to, and dogs
everywhere.   Fell to on cold pork and bread and ate heartily.
A dog, a big fellow, three-quarters bull-dog, with a hideous
head which opened with a snap to an unnecessary width
when you gave him anything had his visage between my
knees during the repast.     Half an hour s delay and we are
off.     The party consists of John and William Tew, two youths
of their household, a man on horseback, George Bolton and 
myself.  We ride in Tew s wagon, behind the horses.   The
night was cold and hoarfrost lay on the country.  So we
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and fifteen
Description:Describes a morning excursion to Pine Pond with George Bolton and the Tews.
Date:1858-10-04
Subject:Bolton, George; Conworth, John; Food; Gardner, James; Gardner, Peter; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Martin, Joseph; Tew, Arthur; Tew, John; Tew, William
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.