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	Boltonian Characteristics.
contrived with some dexterity to obtain another
offer of reaping the wheat by machine, from Ba-
ker; and this evening s call fixed the time for
tomorrow afternoon.          I have no doubt that
the Canada farmers do live a rather narrow,
pork-and-potatoes sort of existence; but I am
equally convinced that to George s decendentalism
and Neithropian instinct of seeing only meanness
in his fellow-creatures, is due his account of
them.    His household economy, too, is just Neithrop
adapted to Canadian circumstances.      There, I
remember, in my boy-days, it was always the
rule, not to eat early potatoes and peas, because
they would grow bigger; not to kill ^|a| suckling-
pig for dinner (even as a rarity) because, when
it became a hog, it would afford a large quan-
tity of bacon; to pronounce all indulgence
in innocent natural dainties  a sin  (against
self-interest), and generally to put off one s self
with second-rate articles; unless they could be
attained at other s cost, when no persons
could be more appreciative than my aunt s fa-
mily.    I say my aunt s family, because I
believe the spirit was entirely derived from her;
my uncle, a simple, quiet man seems to have inherited
little of the nature of the old  pig-poker  his father,
which, avaricious, industrious and unscrupulous,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page ninety-seven
Description:Comments on characteristics of the Bolton family.
Date:1861-08-02
Subject:Baker, Jemmy; Bolton, George; Bolton, Henry; Bolton, Henry, Sr.; Bolton, Mary; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[Paris, Ontario, Canada]; Neithrop, [England]
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.