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his house and we take perhaps a dozen  nips  a
day; sometimes my host brings it to me
in a quiet, earnest way, accompanied with a pit-
cher of cold water, fished up from the bottom
of the well.     Never, I m sure, was a bottle oftener
refilled, in a private household, than that in use
in this hospitable dwelling.       Fishing in the after-
noon and part of the morning, returning to a great
fry of our scaly prey and a pheasant for dinner.
Loafing, dozing, reading, pitching ball (the weight
at the end of a dumb-bell) for the rest of the day.
  23.  Sunday.   Old lady and little folk off to
church.   Reading and scribbling.  By 6 o clock with
W. Tew, girl Mary Jane and boy Willy to visit
the household of John Tew.  There we found two Eng-
lishmen, young fellows whom their host had met
overnight at the little roadside tavern and invited
here with him.   One was Cheshire born, of farming
and mercantile antecedents, the other a London but-
cher   he could not have been mistaken for anything
else.   The Cheshire man had quitted England but
two weeks ago.   The Londoner preceding him by six
months.       Both were amusingly British, especially
the cockney.   The English, he said, were all turning
in favor of the South; they had been for the North
at first, supposing that the war was intended to put
an end to Slavery.       He hoped the South would beat
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and thirty-eight
Description:Describes his visit with William Tew in Canada.
Date:1861-08-23
Subject:Civil War; Fishing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lee; Pain, Harry; Slavery; Tew, Jane; Tew, John; Tew, Mary Jane; Tew, William; Tew, Willy
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.