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           George s Letter and Invitation.
and you won t understand me.     These women
about me annoy me and crowd me and my
brain doesn t seem quite clear   and the sense
of the child s lot in this life as well as my own
terrifies me.     I feel if you or Dick were
here and could speak to me I should be all
right.            They must tell me how I must
bury her   and then she is gone!   my best
beloved one! gone for ever.   I have no definite
idea as to future proceedings   my joy and
hope is gone;   the little motherless one! what
shall I do with it?    that way madness lies! 
I feel if you could conveniently come to me
and talk to me a little while, just now, I
should soon get better and be able to get to
work:   I never did and never may again
want your company as I want it now.
You know I m not mentally so strong as you
are in bearing up against misery.  Don t hesitate
as to living   I ve plenty of pork and flour.
If you will come I shall feel thankful   say
next week   by that time I shall be rid of these
women, or most of them.     Thy miserable friend,
George Bolton.               Wrote to him, saying
what I could and promising to co start on Mon-
day.     The untimely death of this poor girl
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page two hundred and sixteen
Description:Regarding the death of George Bolton's wife.
Date:1861-06-03
Subject:Bolton, George; Bolton, Jr.; Bolton, Richard; Conworth, Sarah (Bolton); Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; [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.