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	    And his Good nature.
freshets, against which all fences seem useless
in protecting the adjacent fields.   Crossing to an
umbrageous island, upon a huge beam, the remains
of an abortive bridge, as Tew and I were strolling
through it, George having lingered in the rear, we
came upon a young barelegged varlet, who had been
busy despoiling the butternut trees of their yet un-
ripe fruit and he, impeaching his confederates, took
to his heels and the stream.      There was quite a
knot of small pilferers, who had amassed several
bushels of the woodland dainties.   Tew administered
a sharp rebuke to the elder of the offenders, but
was as kind as gently-disposed towards the chil-
dren as any Joe Gargery could have been.  Finally
they left their plunder and departed.  For two years
the same crop had suffered by similar hands.     We
returned to dine upon one of our pike, to chat and
to doze.    At dinner Harry Tew looked in, bringing
with him Mrs. Hewitt, whose pretty face and
curls framed by a summer straw bonnet, was
more than charming   in her Sunday dress she
appeared a real rustic beauty.     He was squiring
her to chapel.   At 5 George harnessed up and
we went to Conworth s, in the wake of Martin and
his family, so that there was a numerous assemblage
at the house upon the hill.   The pretty housekeeper
(who wore innocent white gaiter boots with tips of gla-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and twenty-five
Description:Describes a walk with William Tew and George Bolton.
Date:1861-08-18
Subject:Bolton, George; Children; Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hewett, Susan; Martin, Joseph; Tew, Henry; 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.