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	        An Island Pic-nic.
Puckeridge seemed a good sort of fellow enough, and
had been as much used-up by the fatigues of the
journey as I was three years ago.      He went off
with John Tew after a halt and  wet  at the ever-
hospitable William s.
  30.  Friday.   I took a walk and my shoepacs to
Harry Hough s, the shoe maker s, at Bensville,
and, returning, missed my road and went about
two miles out of it.     In the evening with W. Tew
to John Conworth s, where we had tea and talk-
ed over a projected  berrying,  or pic-nic on the is-
land, resolving on the latter for the morrow.
  31.  Saturday.   Preparations in the way of tackle,
rods &c.    News of the death of the wife of a brother
of Joseph Martin, inciting distrust whether the hard-
to-be-persuaded John Conworth might not therefore,
conceive the pic-nic dissolved.      Getting poles in a
little wood, and filling pockets with hazel-nuts.
Returning, found the pretty housekeeper in her huge
round straw hat, like the Wife of Bath s:
	 Brode as a buckler or as a targe 
and, with her brown eyes, dark hair in curls and ripe,
innocentish face, looking more like one of Kenny Mea-
dows  beauties than ever.   John couldn t come, as an-
ticipated; Joseph Martin had sent for him.         Off in
great array to the island; Mrs. Tew, Mrs. Hewitt,
four of the children (all but the youngest,  Johnny ),
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and forty-six
Description:Describes his visit with William Tew in Canada.
Date:1861-08-29
Subject:Books and reading; Conworth, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hewett, Susan; Hough, Harry; Martin, Joseph; Meadows, Kenny; Puckeridge; Tew, Arthur, Jr.; Tew, Jane; Tew, John; Tew, Johnny; Tew, Mary Jane; Tew, William; Tew, Willy
Coverage (City/State):[Paris, Ontario, Canada]
Scan Date:2010-06-11

 

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.