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        John Conworth s pretty Housekeeper.
 berrying    getting raspberries, somewhere in the
direction of Pine Pond, in company with the Tews
and Martins, and we talked of it.           She seems
as good and diffident and self-sacrificing as
may be, and were I, John Conworth, I d make
her my wife, if she d have me, without a day s
delay.     She is the widow of a man much her elder,
a tailor who drank and died, when she made
dresses and came to live with the Martins; her
relatives by marriage.       John, so Henry Tew in-
forms me, has some hankerings after
Sarah Ann Bolton   of whom this nice housekeeper
is visibly worth ten thousand.   Supper, sitting in the
parlor, imbibition and bed.       John Conworth still
shows very hospitably; likes to have things hand-
some about him and, if a money-lover, does not
let it influence his household expenditure, when
guests are under his roof.      I suggested to Ar-
thur Tew, as I had to Conworth, that an ice-
house would obviate any supposed necessity for
the eternal salt-pork diet in summer, and both
took kindly to the notion.   Within the limits of cour-
tesy, I have been free both of comment and com-
mendation of the way of life here, and I think
it has some effect on George, of whom, maybe, I
have written too impetuously.   But in all his sen-
timents he is contracted and decendental.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page eighty-six
Description:Regarding John Conworth's housekeeper, Mrs. Hewett.
Date:1861-07-24
Subject:Bolton, George; Bolton, Sarah Ann; Conworth, John; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hewett, Susan; Tew, Arthur; Tew, Henry
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.