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a long, long ride home, during which I fell dead asleep
repeatedly, being woke up by the jerkings of the wagon.   One
pause, at a tavern, where we had some beer.         Got back by
10 or so, dead-tired, and immediately to bed.
  7.  Thursday.  Scribbling during the morning, part of the
afternoon and most of the evening.
  8.  Friday.  Ditto yesterday.  Copying M. S. story, wri-
ting to my mother, Charley and Heylyn.
  9.  Saturday.  Walked to Paris with George Bolton.  A fresh
pleasant day, clouding over a little on our return. Saw Peter
Gardiner and afterwards John Tew.
  10.  Sunday.  A stroll with John Conworth and George Bol-
ton, dropping in on Martins.
  11.  Monday.  In-doors.  Haven t been at all well since
fishing party, or just before it. (Diarrhea.)        The Conworth
family are as follows.  First, the head of it, an old gentle-
man approaching eighty.  He is spare in figure, rather above
the midde heighth and white-haired, his countenance being
very (English) country-looking.   He has lived one of the nar-
rowest and simplest of lives, principally in midland England,
Warwickshire, Northampton and Oxon   once or twice visiting
London.  Principally  in situations,  he has made but one start
for independence, when, years ago, he and a brother commenced
as dealers in cloth, or something of the sort, to make a failure
of it.    This was principally owing to the dishonesty of an indi-
vidual who absconded to Canada, whither the brother pursued
him, with what result I know not, excepting the important
one, in the history of the Conworth family, that he brought
land and settled, subsequently bequeathing his farm to his
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and eighteen
Description:Describes the Conworth family.
Subject:Bolton, George; Conworth; Conworth, John; Gardner, Peter; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Martin, Joseph; Tew, John
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.