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bits of cheerless philosophy based on want of faith
in humanity.    When he laughs he hisses.  (I have always
been disturbed by this, even during our boy days.)   He is
very taciturn.      All this family are so, for that matter,
and I, who love cheery talk, perhaps all the more because
I don t get too much of it, have felt as though I were in-
dulging in a monologue over the dinner table.  Country
people are ordinarily taciturn; here however is another
cause   the narrow mindedness evolved by straitened life.
George can work well and make no noise about it, is
honest, and independent.   It may be that, hindrances re-
moved, he ll branch out into a capital fellow. But I
with he were kinder to the girl and didn t revolve so much
on self.     John Conworth he talks of as sunk into a mer-
Canadian farmer, only intent on his crops and making
money, dreading to spend a shilling.   The Tews came up
to the hosue with  Come, John, you know what I came for
  a horn of whiskey.        This whiskey is the universal
Canadian drink, a cheap spirit   costing a shilling a gal-
lon   not bad though.  John doesn t drink anything but
coffee, nor do the rest of the family.  George declares
that the old gentleman would enjoy his tod nocturnally, but
that he abstains, on the principle of it s costing money and
his being able to do without it.        Sarah brought out the de-
canter every night, and I tried to get the old man to
partake, but he wouldn t.    He goes abroad for little
walks and picks up sticks in the day time.         John, to
me, is good humored and passively hospitable.   He s
abroad all day, says little, reads less, and goes to bed
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and twenty-three
Description:Regarding George Bolton and the Conworth family in Paris, Ontario.
Date:1858-10-11
Subject:Bolton, George; Conworth; Conworth, John; Conworth, Sarah (Bolton); 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.