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	       Life in Canada.
His testimony about the country folk
hereabouts was depreciatory.  He had once taken
 30 of a morning, in suits; but the people
hadn t money enough to go to law,  he said;
which I thought a wholesome thing.   Baker came
to George s shortly after our arrival and we sat
on the door porch, drank cider qualified with whiskey
(at fifty cents the gallon) and talked till 10 or later;
adjourning in doors when it got too dank and chill
for my companions, or rather when I suggested it.
Baker showed better than on my first acquaintance
with him; was loquacious, good-intentioned, talked
anti-Irish, avowed himself an Orangeman and anti-
Papist and liberally admitted that the Americans
were a great people, after all!       George speaks well
of Hart.    The attorney has given him profitable
advice, without charging for it.
  19.  Friday.   Scoring up Diary all day, from
the time of my leaving New York.
  There s a assertion that country-people are  natu-
rally malicious  (in a satirical direction) in  Don
Quixote;  in a story told, I think, by a shepherd,
about the country-girl who elopes with a braggart
soldier and is robbed and stripped by him.      I am
sure that my present surroundings afford an op-
portunity for a study of character a la Balzac,
in his novels of country life.   And I m going to
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page sixty-eight
Description:Describes his visit with George Bolton in Canada.
Subject:Baker, Jemmy; Bolton, George; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart (Canada)
Coverage (City/State):[Paris, Ontario, Canada]
Scan Date:2010-06-09


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.