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She, Edwards says, professes that she should
n t have the slightest objection to her husband taking ano-
ther wife, did he choose, as she would retain authority
over the household.             Returned by 11, supped at
Howells.          Haney s half-brother visiting him; changed
rooms for the night, mine being a bigger bed.
  21.  Thursday.  Phonography & drawing in the morning.
Down town in the afternoon.   Evening a repetition of the
morning, with some writing.    Haney s room again.
  22.  Friday.  A letter from George Bolton.  He has
bought 48 1/5 acres of cleared land,  a little stumpy  at
$40 per acre.   A small but decent frame house upon
it, no barn or other building; halfway between Paris and
Brantford.    Had a deal to do with lawyers, pronounces
them rogues, says that his caution has kept him from
being swindled, that the young fellow from whom he pur-
chased has just been arrested on a charge of murder  
shocking a  mail-man.    George has bought two horses
and  begins ploughing tomorrow.     He pays 5 per cent
for money, having roused it, by mortgage, on the home estate.
Martin s brother and one of the Tew s go to England
for a three months visit.     Thus George.          In
doors all the miserably wet day.         in the morning,
with some drawing, loafing during the afternoon,
and writing at night.   As I scribble, now, Rawson lies
on the bed commenting on the idleness of  that boy  (his
brother) whose voice is heard, as he plays with the chil-
dren down stairs; Haney & his brother are at draughts in the oppo-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and ninety-three
Description:Describes a letter from George Bolton in Canada, regarding the farm he purchased.
Date:1859-04-20
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bolton, George; Edwards, Richard; Farms; Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur, Adolphus (''Gladdy''); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Mormons; Neff; Neff, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.