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               George Bolton s Letter.
she risked all for me   and see, Tom, see  
she is the sacrifice.   You do not know, you can-
not conceive what mental agony I suffer   all
my friends out here are lip friends only   J.
C. might lose half a dollar s worth of time by
coming out to see his sister, so he does not come.
His housekeeper is the only woman my poor
wife can like as a nurse, and she says she
can stay but one night   John is busy on his
farm and can t spare her.     Indeed I can t
help the contempt I feel for his miserable merce-
nary spirit.            When can you come up to see me?
  the turning of my destiny is now   oh! that
you were here to speak a cheering word in this
horrible solitude   oh! God, how my heart-
aches   Where shall I go? what shall I do with
my babe?   I cannot go to England, for the
poor little thing will bind me here, yet why should 
I stay in this desert without a soul to love me or
to love?     Tom, I ve plenty to eat and drink and
to spare   food costs little up here   say not a
word about that.    My wish is this   do you
wait a day or two, till I see how my dear
wife s health turns, if the worst, I shall need
your counsel for my future action   should she
be spared, then you must come.    If you get into
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page two hundred and ten
Description:Regarding George Bolton's dying wife.
Date:1861-06-01
Subject:Bolton, George; Conworth, John; Conworth, Sarah (Bolton); Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[Paris, Ontario, Canada]
Scan Date:2010-06-08

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, boarding house living, visits to the Edwards family, Mort Thomson's engagement to Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Eldredge, Frank Cahill's return to New York from London, Frank Bellew's dissatisfaction with living in England, Thomas Nast's engagement to Sally Edwards, the scene in New York during the departure of the 7th New York Regiment for Washington, attending the wedding of Olive Waite and Hamilton Bragg, a visit with Frank Cahill to the camp of the 1st Regiment of New York Volunteers and the 2nd Regiment of New York State Militia on Staten Island, the death of Charles Welden, and his reporting work.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; 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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.