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	George Bolton s Meanness.
heap up a quarry of raw material of little
facts, all of them as suggestive in their way as
anything in  Eugenie Grandet.   Without some such
employment this sojourn of mine would be insuffera-
ble.
  20.  Saturday.   With George to Paris; he wanting
to make purchases.  At the store, I bought a bottle
of London Gin, had a stone jug filled with
malt whiskey, and got some lump sugar; for we
additionally damage our poor coffee with coarse brown,
at my cousin s.     Then I proposed a bottle of ale, and
Hart was fetched over to share it; inasmuch as
George thought  it would be too much for two to drink !
That dispatched, we drove to the railroad-dep t,
to procure a box expedited from Richard Bolton;
mutually to George and to John Conworth.  On the
way we passed a short, florid-faced, white-
whiskered Doctor Dixon, ( the man who killed me
wife,  said George, adding that he did it with the
best of intentions), when there was a talk, and some-
thing said of drinking together.     Returning from the
dep t, our wagons met again, and George, in response 
to the doctor s,  It s too bad to make you turn back, 
answered, professing his willingness to do so;  I
don t know whether we re to treat you, or you us. 
We went to a bar room, with the result that I propo-
sed and paid for drinks for the crowd thrice.      At
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page sixty-nine
Description:Describes his visit with George Bolton in Canada.
Date:1861-07-19
Subject:Bolton, George; Bolton, Richard; Conworth, John; Dixon, E.H.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart (Canada); Physicians and surgeons
Coverage (City/State):Paris, [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.