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           His Unveracity and Selfishness.
unless desperately hard-up for a husband and
in the hope of securing John Conworth; to whom she
would probably prefer George Gardner   but for
the latter s being a mere lawyer s clerk with, as
George contemptuously says, but $500 a year;
where John has a house and farm.       About the
break-off between these two, George assumes that his
sister did it, in consequence of John s Canadian
degeneracy; but Henry Tew told me that John
didn t answer her last letter, though
Tew believes that he is still  hankering  after her.
To return: George had thoughts of importing
Sarah Ann as housekeeper, but agreed with me
when I told him that she wouldn t endure the 
life.    Coming through the fields on Thursday
night, we talked about Mary Anne and the boys
in Illinois, he inquiring particularly about them.
He should very much like to go and see them, he
said, adding presently,  I should think they might
do better in Canada.       That meant Mary Anne
as unpaid housekeeper and the boys gratis as farm-hands.   Pretty
Mrs. Hewitt is inaccessible; though George covets
her; for she  is very fond of John  Conworth and
has a better home than George could offer her.
We talked her over last night.        I maintained
that the probability was in favor of John s mar-
rying her, after he had wasted more or less years
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page ninety-nine
Description:Comments on members of the Bolton family.
Date:1861-08-02
Subject:Bolton, George; Bolton, Sarah Ann; Conworth, John; Gardner, George; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hewett, Susan; 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.