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	   A rustic Grave-Yard.
  25.  Thursday.   Went with Henry Tew (whom
I like) to visit the little grave-yard.   It compri-
ses half an acre of land, neatly fenced-in,
but left in its natural, rough condition, with
bushes and trees, wild flowers and long grass,
shading its few graves.      Some few plain stones
of white marble, and one neat little obelisk of
that material, are there, amid the greenery.    A
mound, with a little one on either side, marks the
burial place of poor Sarah Conworth and her dead
babes; another that of her father.      The old man s
grave needs turfing; but grass has already begun
to spring over the dead girl.       It s a peaceful,
simple place; Death doesn t look at all ugly or
forbidding there.   From the house to the graveyard
is but a very little distance.            Sarah was buried
on a wet June afternoon, many mourners atten-
ding.         About this simple burial-place young
 Ted  had the beastliness to remark that it was
a pity that his old father had been buried there,
as John might want to plough it up some day!
There may be less than a score of persons interred
there.    Ted s  conduct about the pine coffin has de-
servedly set all his kinsfolk against him.        He told
Mrs. Martin that he knew John s mind on the
subject   a lie.      I had these particulars from Hen-
rey Tew; who yet spake considerately about the boy.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page eighty-seven
Description:Describes his visit with George Bolton in Canada.
Date:1861-07-25
Subject:Bolton, Jr.; Cemeteries; Conworth; Conworth, John; Conworth, Sarah (Bolton); Conworth, Ted; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Martin, Joseph, Mrs.; 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.