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         W. Conworth s notion of a Holiday.
  28.  Wednesday.   W. Conworth came; he having
been  berrying  with  Ted  yesterday and slept at his
brother s.     Of course he had walked from George s,
and designed returning thither, this afternoon, in John s 
wagon; taking pretty Mrs. Hewitt with him, for a visit,
she to return in the evening.       Meantime honest Wil-
liam had come for a scythe, with the intention of em-
ploying the rest of his holiday in working for his
brother.    That intention I frustrated, by inviting him
to go fishing with William Tew and myself, which
the young fellow enjoyed mightily.   With the addition
of boy Willy we busied ourselves in catching  bait 
until noon, when W. Conworth must fain depart,
with a dish of fish for house consumption.  At din-
ner there arrived a boy-express from Baker s, sta-
ting that Mrs. B. had the dysentery and, that, there-
fore, her husband couldn t go   which upset out
arrangements about a camping-out expedition to
Pine Pond.    John Tew appeared presently; when
we had more talk and no conclusion; the question
being the old one of horses, for one of which we had
relied on Baker.           W. Tew had but two; both need-
ed for farming operations; his brother has four, but
was unwilling to lose two days  labor, proposing to
go on the morrow at 4 A. M., instead of this after-
noon, throwing over the camping-out project, upon
which William and I had principally reckoned.     Af-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and forty-two
Description:Describes his visit with William Tew in Canada.
Date:1861-08-28
Subject:Baker, Jemmy; Baker, Jemmy, Mrs.; Bolton, George; Conworth, John; Conworth, Ted; Conworth, William; Fishing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hewett, Susan; Tew, John; 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.