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	 Bill Tew and his Family.
ven on the upper lip.   He has a dark-haired
pleasant, hospitable, English wife, and four or five
children; the eldest girl a quiet sunny-cheeked
Mary Jane; the eldest boy a brown-faced lad, who
being struck by another, his superior in size and strength,
when at the circus, returned the blow with such ef-
fect as to make the claret fly; upon which both young
heroes sate peacefully side by side; neither of them
having cried out or appealed for assistance.    The fa-
ther saw this, and related it to me, and from it, I
infer that the lad will be worthy of his parentage.
For I do not believe that Shakspeare s century ever
produced a more manly, kinder or healthier-natured
fellow than my present host.     He was born at Bar-
ford, near to the old town of Warwick, and when
a mere lad, of sporting proclivities.      Henry had told
me how he had nearly got into a scrape about poach-
ing; the which no English countryman ever did, or
ever will, consider a criminality.    He will strike, 
but not quickly, on occasion   for like most men
of true courage he is wary of entrance into quar-
rel, but being in, bears himself so that his adversary
bewares of him in future.     He has a deliberate, 
quiet, earnest way with him, suggestive of great
consideration and kindness, especially to children; and
his midland English speech sounds manly and plea-
sant to my ear.     When Orville (nicknamed Awful)
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and twenty-seven
Description:Regarding William Tew.
Date:1861-08-19
Subject:Gardiner, Orville; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Tew, Henry; Tew, Jane; Tew, Mary Jane; 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.