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	A Trick of George s.
must in many things have been akin to that
of Mrs. Bolton, then Mary Edwards, and has
culminated in her son William.         The incre-
dible meanness of the rule of life dictated by
this spirit, its sharp-eyed acuteness in the di-
rection of making or saving a penny is worthy
of Balzac s old Grandet.       It never seems con-
scious that other eyes may suppose it despicable.
Two days ago George hired a man, who applied
for work, at $1 per day,  to sheaf and bind. 
On the morning of the second day s labor there came
a rain-storm; which determined George to discharge
his laborer.   He did this after dinner and, having
no change, came in to borrow fifty cents.   When
I produced two quarters, he asked if I had Eng-
lish shillings; because while they pass as
quarter-dollars, they are yet one cent less in value,
when changed.  (He mentioned this as the reason.)
The man was paid with one English shilling and
one U. S. quarter.  When George repaid me it was
with two English shillings!              He wants a
housekeeper badly, and has cast about him how
to replace poor Sarah in that capacity; of course
as inexpensively as is possibly.   There has been
talk of Sarah Ann Bolton coming out here, but
she, possessing the family spirit in perfection,
would, I am very sure, never cross the Atlantic,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page ninety-eight
Description:Comments on characteristics of the Bolton family.
Date:1861-08-02
Subject:Bolton, George; Bolton, Sarah Ann; Bolton, William; Books and reading; Conworth, Sarah (Bolton); 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.