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                Old Burwell, the Surveyor.
might have made one s sojourn infinitely plea-
santer than it promises to be.     George s business
dispatched, we went to see a certain Lewis Bur-
well; an old surveyor, to whom Leslie (my Scotch
friend) had given me a letter of introduction
  really with the hope that I might be able to find
out something concerning forty acres of farm-
land owned by Leslie s wife.          George in his
negociations for land hereabouts, had met Bur-
well, and had the usual depreciation to say about
him.      In the old man s office he questioned him
about the locality of the land, which Burwell had
let to a man who was fencing it; deferring the
signing of the lease until he saw how the future ^|tenant|
progressed.        When we left, George assumed that the
old man didn t want to give any information and
indirectly questioned a man (a Pennsylvania Dutch-
man, engaged in selling a drill-patent) whom
we took up behind us, about the land; until he
extracted from him the assertion that he let
certain adjoining acres, his property, at
the rent of 7   dollars each   subsequently
commenting thereon to me and assuming Burwell s
dishonest intentions.     Indeed he finds meanness
and dishonesty everywhere, and while listening
to him, depressed and revolted, I am not
unfrequently reminded of the moral of Hawthorne s
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page sixty-three
Description:Describes a visit to Lewis Burwell with George Bolton.
Date:1861-07-17
Subject:Bolton, George; Burwell, Lewis; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie; Leslie, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[Brantford, Ontario, Canada]
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.