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	   Off, thank Goodness!
departure.    The Scotch girl and William showed 
very kindly concerning it, in minor ways, George
saying nothing.    Only when I had got quite ready,
he exhibited a characteristic trait.     I had told him
on my return from Conworth s of my intention to ac-
cept the invitation of hearty William Tew and that on
our setting out on the Pine Pond excursion that I should
take baggage, leaving it at Tew s; involving the sup-
position that we should go in a vehicle.     Observing
none in preparation, William asked him how he intend-
ed to go?    Walk!  he replied, going upstairs to dress.
That stirred me, and I spoke reminding him of my
announcement.  He demurred about his not owning
a vehicle.     Use that blessed old wagon;  I said    it
is good enough for us to go to Paris in, and if you
can drive thither and brave remark you needn t be afraid of meet-
ing many people beyond.       The real objective lay
in his desire not to furnish a horse to the expedition;
though he has two, neither of which would be used
on the morrow   no more than the cart, as the wheat
crop had all been got in as I very well knew.      I told
him that not driving thither would involve my troubling
Tew or Conworth to fetch my baggage.   Presently
he sent William to borrow a neighbor s trap (which
was immediately lent) immolated his pony and off
we started.      At Paris he invited me to drink, pur-
chasing a quart and half-pint of whiskey (at twelve
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and eighteen
Description:Describes leaving George Bolton's house for William Tew's.
Date:1861-08-16
Subject:Bella; Bolton, George; Conworth, John; 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.