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      Haney and the Edwardses at Po keepsie.
stimulated into some indistinct conviction that dumb-
ness is not an inevitable ingredient in hospitality.
The girl who is quite chatty towards me, goes to
Paris in the afternoon and returns with a letter
from Haney to me, and a rather pretty sister Mary,
to help her wash on the morrow.     Haney has spent
a week at Po keepsie, whither he went for two days;
 fearing a Graftonian experience of daily lunchings
off cold shoulder,  but his sojourn proved
very agreeable.      He praises the Weddles, though they
be Methodists, as exceedingly agreeable folks, fond
of books and sociality.      You should have seen
Mrs. W. s eyes brighten while I was reading Locks-
ley Hall.               Mattie sat by and gave me sun-
dry little digs afterwards, for being so soft.     Prac-
tical young woman is Martha and I don t like
her any the less for a little aversion to written sen-
timentalism.   x   x    John, the apostle to the Po keep-
scions, exerted himself with the zeal of Paul and
the perseverance of Peter, in spreading the gospel
according to Dodworth.   He had willing converts, of
course among the women, allways the first to ac-
cept a new faith.   x   x   We danced without any
of our young saints having the fear of church-
readings before them.      The party had a pic-
nic opposite the town,  not very lively,  a row,
many swims, a ride and similar pleasures.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and sixteen
Description:Describes a letter received from Jesse Haney.
Date:1861-08-14
Subject:Bella; Books and reading; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Mary (Canada); Weddle; Weddle, Mrs.
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.