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	    Bella, the Housekeeper.
man  gets up clubs  of subscribers to this news-
paper, and subscribes himself to the Paris  Star,  a
little sheet;  because he likes to know the news of
the village.      George don t.  He pronounces Coul-
ter  a mean man,  and thinks Bella is  too near 
her home, and  not worth  the $3 a month he
pays her, inclusive of board!      She rises at 5, in
common with the rest of the family, does all the
cooking, breadmaking, washing, and household
work of all kinds, obtaining only monosyllabic
recognition from George, but some chances of talk
with William Conworth.   She is puritanic and
anti-Roman Catholic, fond of music, wouldn t go
to a circus, has never seen a theatre, likes music,
dresses herself neatly when her household work is
done, and since her arrival in this country, 
at the age of eight, has hardly been a couple of
miles from home.     On the afternoon of my arri-
val at George s, she had some of her younger
sisters to visit her and perceiving them in the gar-
den gathering currants (of which there are more
than enough), George commented unpleasantly
upon it.       Subsequently, in the evening, when I was
arduously endeavoring to institute a similitude
of conversation by inquiries about things, currants
were spoken of.    I asked if they had many.   Plenty,
if the girls haven t eat  em all!  he said.        Their
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page seventy-four
Description:Regarding George Bolton's housekeeper, Bella.
Date:1861-07-20
Subject:Bella; Bolton, George; Conworth, William; Colter; Gunn, Thomas Butler
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.