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         With W. Conworth to his Brother s.
here.        George has paid William nothing for
his services, and the young fellow (who works as
hard and infinitely more conscientiously than any 
hired laborer) trusts to  his honor  for future
recompense.   Yet he, as far as his simple, kindly
nature permits, understands and condemns the 
general meanness of the household.   George made
him, however, a present of $10 at Christmas, when
he expended it in an abortive attempt to construct
a sewing-machine   which attempt George speaks
of with contemptuous condemnation to this day.
  10.  Saturday.   Sunlight again!      Writing to
Heylyn and to Haney.   In the afternoon set off
with William Conworth for a tramp to the house
of his brother, the day growing sultry as we progres-
sed.   Half a mile beyond Paris, we got a ride, sitting
on a long plank, conveyed on four wheels by an old
man whose talk proved interesting; for he had wit-
nessed the battle of Lundy s Lane and other war-
fare of the epoch.      He was a Jerseyman-born, but
had come to Canada with his father over half a
century ago; when it was all forest-land, Indians
and fever and ague.       Alighting at Martin s, we saw
two pretty, bare-legged children (girls) and talked
with a Brooklyn man, who had come to this country
in the vessel which brought Mrs. Hewitt over, and who 
talked of returning.         Shortly afterwards Dixon
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and eight
Description:Describes going to John Conworth's house with William Conworth.
Date:1861-08-09
Subject:Bolton, George; Conworth, John; Conworth, William; Dixon, E.H.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hewett, Susan; Heylyn, Edward
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.