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	Talk of John Conworth.
about it, but George thought no   John
would never marry.  He had been brought up
under the care of his uncle   the one who left
him the farm   had, like him, no thought of
or regard for women.   He believed John had
emulated Joseph the Hebrew, or Joseph Andrews,
all his life-time.      I spoke of the unnaturalness
of this abstinence from even  lawful, married
pleasure  in a stout young fellow of over thirty,
when his means permitted it and said that
if the pretty housekeeper were only selfish or shrewd
enough to know her value, declaring that she
should quit her position and go to England
(as she was once near doing) John would want
her to stay, as his wife.          George thought he d
let her go; but added that were she to tempt
John to a baser alternative he would marry her
after.     The suggestion was characteristic.   But
he agreed with me when I said she was as good
and modest and self-sacrificing as could be, and
would be incapable of such interested dishonor.
  3.  Saturday.   Scribbling all the morning.
In the afternoon lying in the shadow of a
tree, in the wheat-field, scribbling  Paul Gower, 
while George, William, Baker and five men (whom
the latter had brought with him) were at work;
the reaping-machine, which Baker drove, lessening
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred
Description:Describes a conversation with George Bolton about John Conworth.
Subject:Agriculture; Baker, Jemmy; Bolton, George; Conworth, John; Conworth, William; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hewett, Susan; Marriage
Coverage (City/State):[Paris, Ontario, Canada]
Scan Date:2010-06-09


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.