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	        Pleasant Quarters.
would like to be, what he thinks he is.    All of
his faults originate in bad blood, mean breeding
and an ever present distrust of human nature.    He
loves to rail against, as to talk of, the love of money
being the root of all evil   not a bad indication that
his thoughts are set on it and that he believes he ought
to have a good deal more and would have attained
it, but for the selfishness of others.
  12.  Monday.   A very rainy day, windy withal;
and the house being on an eminence, we had the full
benefit of it.       But pretty Mrs Hewitt (whose face
resembled one of Kenny Meadows  rustic beauties)
made a cheery wood fire in the sitting room, and I
read Macaulay and smoked and scribbled; being alone
all the morning, for Henry Tew had gone out and 
the storm detained him at a neighbor s, until the eve-
ning.    William Conworth returned to George Bolton s
early in the morning, before the beginning of the rain.
John was with me during the afternoon.        We got
to picture-cleaning, restoring the title to a certain
print of  Charlotte, Queen of Great Britain and
the Princess Royal,  after Benjamin West s paint-
ing.    The queen is represented as a plain young
woman, with a very German face, a nose which the
courtly-quaker-artist has in vain endeavored to
render handsome, a mouth with lips inclining to
negro redundance, and, of course, an edifice of pow-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and thirteen
Description:Describes a visit with the Conworth family.
Date:1861-08-11
Subject:Bolton, George; Books and reading; Conworth, John; Conworth, William; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hewett, Susan; Tew, Henry
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.