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                    John Conworth s House.
the first round, George pointed out Patton, the
man who kept the grocery-store, saying,  He treated
us the other day   won t you ask him?        Of course
I did; remembering that on the two occasions when
we visited grocery-stores, one at Paris, the other at
Brantford, George had got free drinks of the proprie-
tors.      Presently the landlord stood treat and, on a
bell intimating dinner-time, invited us to partake of
the meal; to which I readily assented; as I had
fed exclusively on salt ham since my arrival in Cana-
da.       Then we went to John Conworth s house, which
is mightily improved by the growth of trees in
front of it, and better-furnished within.   He was at
Martin s, his cousin Henry Tew being at home.
This Tew is, in appearance, something like a rough-
ly hewn, rustic Jim Parton.      He was a salesman
in a dry-goods-shop at Hamilton and saved money
enough to study at college; intending to qualify him
self for  the ministry.    He went to England
last year.    He is now a devotee and a consump-
tive, living alternately with his different relatives.
We talked semi-theologic and presently had tea;
at which a nice-looking woman of thirty 
presided   John Conworth s housekeeper.   She is a
Mrs. Hewett, a widow, who attended poor Sarah Con-
worth in her last sickness.       At the meal, which
was a nicely-served one, hardly a word was addressed
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page seventy
Description:Describes his visit with George Bolton in Canada.
Date:1861-07-20
Subject:Bolton, George; Conworth, John; Conworth, Sarah (Bolton); Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hewett, Susan; Martin, Joseph; Parton, James; Patton; Tew, Henry
Coverage (City/State):Paris, [Ontario, Canada]; 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.