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            George s Cunning and Meanness.
disadvantage of Conworth, which was discovered
by Henry Tew.     Neither Joseph or John said
anything to me about it;  added William;  Harry
happened to mention it.    Now George had told me
the story a week or two ago, only reversing the parts
played by him and Henry and speaking contempt-
uously of the latter s capacity.   William Tew has
observed that W. Conworth s the harder worker on
George s farm than its owner and inquired of me
how much he got a year.    I find I have over-esti-
mated George s industry; though, I think, he doesn t
spare himself   when he can t get anybody to work
for him and when making money is the incentive.
I remember he never wrought hard on his father s
farm.                An anecdote, communicated by him,
which I had forgotten to chronicle will do well
to use when I paint his grandfather in  Paul Gower. 
He sold a sheep which had died naturally to a Pa-
ris butcher, and commented bitterly on the man s
dishonesty in retailing it at a first-class price,
and only allowing him an inferior one.  He instan-
ced this as a reason for his not dealing with the
man.      I have noticed in him and in his family
that they commonly justify some meanness of living
or behavior by attributing small social villanies
to others.    It is ingenious and highly characteristic.
Thus George s dislike of the butcher was offered
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and thirty-four
Description:Describes a talk with William Tew about George Bolton.
Date:1861-08-22
Subject:Bolton, George; Bolton, Henry; Bolton, Henry, Sr.; Conworth, John; Conworth, William; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Martin, Joseph; Tew, Henry; 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.