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	               At Paris.
in the store, listening to a noisy dispute between a
verbose American, a Scotchman and 
Patton, apropos of Bull s Run; in which the two 
latter talked Canadian depreciation of  Yankees. 
Crossed over to Hart s office, a big unfurnished
room; he busy at his desk, with a litigious bald-
headed ass, as he subsequently proved.    After a 
dreary twenty minutes, in which George said not a
word, but wandered round the room, looking at
the county maps, I turned out and tramped through
the mud and moisture to the post-office.   Nothing
for Bolton or Gunn!   Back again; George gone.
I had got into the street, when I was called back
eagerly by Hart from the window.   Litigious ass
had seen a sketch I had made, out of sheer ennui,
understood I was an artist, and wanted to suggest
a stupid notion for a caricature on the Bull s Run
business.   Back to the farm-house, dampened
and dreary.     George sacrifices a lamb and we have
some of his internals for supper.
  9.  Friday.   Rain and drizzle and the most
depressing absence of all sociality or conversation, the
entire day.      Writing steadily from 8 till the same
hour, without scarcely opening my lips, except to
receive food or utter monosyllables.        And at the
dreary gloaming, when the girl had gone off to visit
the parental turnpike; when honest William was
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and six
Description:Describes his visit with George Bolton in Canada.
Date:1861-08-08
Subject:Bella; Bolton, George; Civil War; Conworth, William; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart (Canada); Patton
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.