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	         I get tired of It.
about some of his multifarious farm-yard avo-
cations, and George sat, silent as a savage, smoking
his pipe on the porch; not having offered or encou-
raged any friendly overtures all day, I got nervous
and savage and said my say to him; telling him
that I had come hither with the kindest of inten-
tions, that I could sympathize with him as to his
recent loss; but that his taciturnity and the iso-
lation was insufferable, and I therefore intended
clearing out within a week or so.     He was mono-
syllabic in reply; though he subsequently roused him-
self into conversation   about the despicability and
meanness of all Canadians   during the evening.
  This behavior of his has none of its origin in poor
Sarah s death   I am sure of it.        Despite his let-
ters, written to me at that period, he has got as
completely over it as could well be.  He laments her
more as a housekeeper and upper servant than as
a wife.  He has as keen and mean an eye to the 
main-chance as ever, and talks of the prospective
loss of a dollar with a morbid misery which would
be ludricrous, were it not frightful.    It s useless to
struggle against convictions which every hour of the
day brings fresh facts to substantiate   George
is what every one of his blood must inevitably be;
and what I don t care to discount further upon.     I was
an ass not to recognize it sooner, and for coming
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and seven
Description:Describes informing George Bolton of his intention to return to New York.
Date:1861-08-09
Subject:Bolton, George; 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.