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                George Bolton s Home
hour miles between it and Paris by 12  .
There, much as I expected, I didn t find
George Bolton, the letter I had written from Roch-
ester remaining at the Paris post-office,  till cal-
led for.     Setting out for a tramp to his house, I
was accosted by an honest fellow bound past it;
who offered to transport me to my destination if
I d pay the tolls, which I readily accepted, pro-
posing beer into the bargain.    Less than two
miles riding in his buggy brought me to the place,
a neat wooden-built farm-house, with a porch
and green creepers over it, and an  extension  room
on one side, the roof of which sloped to within a
few feet of the ground.      The house stands hard
by, on the road between Paris and Brantford.
Going to the rear (for the front-door and porch,
after the transatlantic custom, are not at all
matters of use) I found a girl of eighteen or
twenty, who told me that Mr Bolton was afield
but would return soon, as he did.         George
may be broader, browner and perhaps coarser-
looking, but is otherwise unchanged.  In a neat
apartment, darkened to repel the flies, with a
big stove fronting the boarded-up fire-place, he told
me the particulars about his wife and child s
death.    He asserts that the doctors killed her, by
administering turpentine, which she only consented to
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page fifty-nine
Description:Describes George Bolton's house.
Date:1861-07-16
Subject:Bolton, George; Bolton, Jr.; Conworth, Sarah (Bolton); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Physicians and surgeons; Railroad travel; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Paris, [Ontario, Canada]; Rochester, [New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-09

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War; his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post;"" boarding house living; a bridal reception at the Edwards family's residence in honor of the marriage of Sally Edwards and Thomas Nast; a visit to the Heylyn and Rogers families in Rochester; and his trip to Paris, Ontario, to visit George Bolton and the Conworths.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada ; Rochester, 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.