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	        John Conworth.
according to his own likings and conveniences.   Re-
turning, we halted outside Martin s, and inside
William Tews.     The day throughout, cool and clou-
dy, suggesting of the morrow s weather.       I find
myself in an infinitely pleasanter and more hos-
pitable household than the one I have quitted, and
the contrast is remarkable.      I think John Con-
worth s character may be put down as naturally
kindly and goodhearted, subjected to unfavorable
influences, from his early and long residence with 
the Martins.      William, his brother, admits that
he is  tight    not in a New York sense, God wot!  
but the equivalent of  near  in England.       Though
the young fellow finds George ten times more so.
These Conworths barring  Ted  are intrinsically
superior to the Bolton stock every way, and not
withstanding a general lenity of judgment, three 
parts good-nature and one simplicity, they have
arrived at something like an estimate of George s
characteristics; though they extenuate more than I
can do.     After all, his cunning is of the ostrich sort,
involving his blindness in the practiser.   He did hardly
any work, expect perhaps at harvest,  said simple
William to me, of George,  when he lived at John s;
he used to sit in the parlor reading, for a month to-
gether, and John never said anything.   It is different
now; George works well enough, spurred by self-in-
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and ten
Description:Regarding the Conworth family.
Date:1861-08-11
Subject:Bolton, George; Conworth, John; Conworth, Ted; Conworth, William; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Tew, William
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.