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             A Talk with John Conworth.
zed leather) made much of the children; I talk-
ed to John and then to her, wanting to get both
of  em to do a to-morrow s excursion to Niagara,
but in vain.    Ted  and William Conworth had set
tled to go.    We all supped together and an hour
or so afterwards George droved off, leaving me be-
hind, entirely to my satisfaction.          Mrs. H.
went off with the Martins, looking under the caleche,
prettier than ever, insomuch that as John Con-
worth walked with me to William Tew s, I was
stimulated into asking him why he didn t marry
her.      His answers to all I urged exhibited a
curious mixture of caution, passive selfishness
and amiability.    At first he professed that it was
better to live single; then objected to her being  a
widow ; said women  changed so  after mar-
riage; admitted he had  no fault to find with her ;
allowed that he might get a wife some day, but im-
plied that it mightn t be her, and much more.   I prai-
sed the dear little woman as she deserved, and told
him that all Canada couldn t produce her equal.
  John appears very friendly to me and I like the
fellow.
  19.  Monday.   About with William Tew.   He is a
manly-looking fellow, with an aquiline nose, good
features freckled and sunburned complexion, dark-
ish hair and short beard, worn American-fashion, sha-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and twenty-six
Description:Describes a talk with John Conworth about Mrs. Hewitt.
Date:1861-08-18
Subject:Bolton, George; Conworth, John; Conworth, Ted; Conworth, William; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hewett, Susan; Martin, Joseph; 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.