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	Angling and Crawfishing.
around and the voice of a child and women
heard in the adjoining room.    Methinks I wish
I were William Tew, and that my wife s name
were Hannah.          At 5   P.M., we, that is
William Tew, the boys Willy and Arthur, and my-
self, go afishing in the creek; first catching bait
for our nets, in the shape of suckers, shiners, other
small fry and occasional bass, many of which
were good enough for breakfast next morning.)
The spot was a very lovely one, the tranquil water
reflecting the cool, drop-green trees on the opposite
bank, the evening beautifully calm and pleasant.
The fish bit well and after obtaining as many
as we required we baited or our circular nets, and
proceeding down (or up, the stream, set them, while
the moon clomb the heavens and night descended
on the peaceful earth.        I find my host is perfect-
ly alive to the beauties of such scenes, as men of
his nature, intrinsically in harmony with them,
commonly are.     The crawfish proved as hungry
as their recent live bait; we had reasonable suc-
cess in taking them.     Little bare-legged Arthur
went fast asleep on a huge log.     I, stepping incau-
tiously into an unseen hole, fell and sprained
that unlucky ancle, badly.      We got back to the
house about 10  , cooked our crawfish and made
a hearty supper on them.                 I have included
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and thirty
Description:Describes a day fishing with William Tew and his sons.
Date:1861-08-20
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Children; Fishing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nature; Tew, Arthur, Jr.; Tew, William; Tew, Willy
Coverage (City/State):[Paris, Ontario, Canada]
Scan Date:2010-06-09

 

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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.