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              Van Amburg s Show at Paris.
is  tolerably determined  to have him back.    Thus
Haney, with comments on the conclusion of  Great
Expectations. 
  30.  Tuesday.   Writing to Haney.  In the
afternoon got the poney and rode to Paris, find-
ing the upper village in a state of comparative ex-
citement; Van Amburg had, in accordance
with profuse handbills, pitched his show there,
in the shape of a huge marquee, within which the
 great moral exhibition  was in full performance.
Outside were other minor shows; so that the
place looked like a fair.       Recognized William
Tew, and he and another drank with me.      At the
Post-Office I met Dixon, who must have me 
with him to the tavern we visited formerly; where
I was made acquainted with sundry persons.
There for half an hour or more; the day glorious-
ly sultry   a New York July one.    Rode home
leisurely, reading the last instalment of Dickens 
story, and stopping at the turnpike for a gossip
about news &c., with Coltart.           His daughter,
at George s, is Sabbatarian to an ultra
Scottish degree; I offend her by whistling, sing-
ing and professing indifference to church-going
on Sundays.      Almost a vegetarian in diet, her
notions of cookery are rudimentary and, half the
time, she goes about the house barefoot.   She want-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page ninety-four
Description:Describes his visit with George Bolton in Canada.
Date:1861-07-29
Subject:Bolton, George; Books and reading; Coltart; Coltart, Miss; Dixon, E.H.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Tew, William; Van Amburg; Wheeler
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.