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	    George s Parsimony.
though he came to Canada when a boy; he has
200 and odd acres at an easy rent from his father,
who is a clergyman.    An opinionative, hearty fellow,
loving to talk, friendly and very hospitable.        This
was exhibited in a hundred little things, the absence
of which constitutes the want of it, to my thinking,
at George s.     To wit, on the morrow we had eggs,
rashers of ham, pickles and condiments for breakfast;
at my host s, boiled and decidedly fat bacon is
the rule, to be varied only on suggestion, and eggs
mightn t have appeared even twice, but for William
Conworth.          I should be disposed to attribute
this parsimony merely to habit and indifference to any-
thing but coarse fare, did I not observe that George
appreciates good living at other houses.  (A reflection
I remember hearing mad, respecting his family,
by my mother, twenty years ago.)   Unquestionably
training has a good deal to do with it   antecedents
are never totally ignored.    There s another palliative
  the girl Bella can t cook anything beyond the
plainest dishes.  I notice, however, that this serves
rather for an excuse for a matters, than as a stimu-
lant to the procuring such innocent indulgences as
a little trouble (no expenditure being needed) would
obtain.         I chronicle these things principally as a
quarry; they will admirably fit a character in  P.
G.             George scratches himself a good deal of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and three
Description:Describes the food at George Bolton's house.
Date:1861-08-04
Subject:Baker, Jemmy; Bella; Bolton, George; Conworth, William; Food; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; 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.