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sided friendship is common.     When we meet he is
taciturn and Boltonian.     This time, when I came running
to him over the ploughed fields and getting over the fences,
he didn t scale one, but remained on the other side, quietly
loading his gun.    Sometimes I get a fit of distrust of him
thinking there s a taint in the blood on the mothers side,
running right through the family.    It s the cunningest, honest,
meanest, most selfish, most distrustful nature I ve ever
met   culminating in William.    Mrs Bolton, when my
father s servant, in Banbury, long ere I was born, set her
cap at him. (She had previously waited at an alehouse.)
She threw over some rustic admirer whom, I believe, she
really liked to marry my fathers half brother   for he
had a farm.      But she has proved a good, thorough wife
to him all her life, and one cannot but respect her indom
itable striving nature, alloyed as it is by low cunning.
The Neithrop home is an atmosphere of suspicions and
hates, and William is the worst and unhappiest of all of
them.   He whores and drinks now, and George says he s
killing himself thus.      His sisters hate him   hate him with
that intensity which only girls who have been insulted hourly,
who see through his utter selfishness, loathe it, are alar-
med by it (as it may injure them) who cannot help them-
selves   can hate.           But to return to George.   Mo-
rally he s good, but he has lived in such a damned
vitiated atmosphere that he seldom takes a high stand-
point on anything.  He is tremendously alive to the selfish-
nesses of others   so much so that one gets a suspicion that
he sees it by the light of his own.         He is too prone to
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and twenty-two
Description:Regarding the Bolton family.
Date:1858-10-11
Subject:Bolton, George; Bolton, Henry; Bolton, Mary; Bolton, Rosa (Gunn); Bolton, Sarah Ann; Bolton, William; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Thomas Butler
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.