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          Housekeeping and Characteristics.
kill a suckling-pig, (value $1) or a duck,
(value 35 cents) as  we  have more than we know
what to do with; and he and I pick the first
peas of the season, without authorization.  At night
I compound myself a glass of milk-punch, George
lies on a settee, monosyllabic, William disposes
of the remainder of a glass of weak   very weak  
gin-and-water, left over from last night, and
we all sit by the light of one tallow candle  
not a mould one   which requires frequent snuffing.
I read the  Examiner  (expedited from New York)
awhile, and then, when the rest have gone to bed,
commit an atrocious violation of hospitality, by
scribbling in this diary, up to the very late hour
of eleven, when I lock it up and go to bed, too.
  23.  Tuesday.   Loafing and scribbling till 11.
then off in the wagon with George and William, to
Paris, the latter being impressed to attend to the sel-
ling of butter.   George didn t speak agreeably to
the young fellow, (whom he doesn t pay, except by
an occasional bonus of, I cannot suppose a very
heavy amount) muttering something about  never
understanding,  when he bade him  Come, jump
in!  to the wagon, which set me thinking of the
young man s being the brother of the dead Sarah.
It was blazing hot on the road, George saying
scarce a word.  At Paris, where we stopped to
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page eighty
Description:Describes his visit with George Bolton in Canada.
Date:1861-07-22
Subject:Bolton, George; Conworth, Sarah (Bolton); Conworth, William; Farms; 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.