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	   Delectable Loafing.
  22.  Thursday.   Writing to Haney; Richard
Tew being going to Paris.   In the afternoon, af-
ter I had witnessed the killing and dressing of a 
sheep by my host, we both went to the creek, at
the scene of our first fishing expedition, and used
angle and line very successfully, until near sun-
set, Tew diversifying the pastime with a swim.
He enjoys both the sports and seems extremely,
and has a contemplative love of discussing life
from his simple yet manly point of view which
is as delightful, and more real than the reflective
talk of Joe Gargery.   At nightfall we baited
our nets and tried for crawfish, not catching
many, returning by 9 to sup luxuriously on 
our piscatorial prey and a woodcock, shot by
Tew yesterday.            He rents the farm of his
mother, who at present resides with him, instead
of owning it.    Talking of George Bolton, his tes-
timony confirms what was told by William Con-
worth about George s little labor, while he lived
at John Conworth s.    George, says William Tew,
used to fish with him, at least three times a week,
in summer and shoot for the same proportion in
Winter.    When George got married, he did it char-
acteristically, saying not a word of it to the Tews or
other acquaintances; though in daily communication
with them.       Nobody was present except the Con-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and thirty-two
Description:Describes his visit with William Tew in Canada.
Date:1861-08-22
Subject:Bolton, George; Conworth, John; Conworth, William; Fishing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; 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.