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	An old Scotch Couple.
some eratta in what I have written of William
Tew, or incomplete statements.   He was bred a 
plumber, at the pleasant town of Leamington, but
preferred butchering.    It was his brother John
who sparred with  Awful Gardiner  at Hamilton.
  21.  Wednesday.   John Tew called, and the stal-
wart brothers practised with my revolver, William
hitting a scrap of paper pinned up on a barn at a
distance of about twenty yards.     Talk; ancle-
bathing; loafing; writing.     In the evening with
boy Arthur and his father in the wagon to a place
where there was a dam across the creek, calling
on the old Scotch couple, a Mr. and Mrs. Simpson
who owned it and the adjacent property.  The old
woman proved chatty and told me of the country
thirty years ago; when you could see deer from her
door and pike swam down the creek with Indian
spears sticking in their backs.    Presently we set our
nets for crawfish, to the music of the rush of
the water over the dam.    The night, at first mild
and misty, with indications of rain in the distance
and summer lightning on the horizon, became over-
cast and as we prepared to depart, a few drops
fell.    When within three quarters of a mile from
home, the storm burst upon us with drenching energy.
Nevertheless we cooked our crawfish and supped
merrily on them.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and thirty-one
Description:Describes his visit with William Tew in Canada.
Date:1861-08-20
Subject:Gardiner, Orville; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Simpson (Canada); Simpson, Mrs. (Canada); Tew, Arthur, Jr.; Tew, John; 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.