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        I have the pretty Housekeeper in my Arms.
their father and myself.     A great time getting every-
body over the bridge, and some wailing on the part of
the juveniles.         Fishing; I undertaking the putting
on of the worms and the taking off the fish for Mrs.
Hewitt.      Anon, fishing myself, recrossing the bridge
and up the stream.           Returning, while on a slippery
log got a tumble into the water; necessitating a visit
to the house and change of boots and breeches.   Found
a fire blazing on my return and the cooking of fish
in progress.     All dined merrily, using my plank-
mattress for a table.      A lovely, sunny, cheery
day; perhaps no more wit among us than usual but
certainly plenty of laughter.   The children ubiquitous
and exacting in the matter of swinging, for Tew
had rigged a rope for them.   By about 4, it was gen-
erally proposed that we should cross over to the opposite
shore between which and us, brawled a little stream,
perhaps knee-deep, over its pebbly bed.   As there
was neither bridge nor stepping-stones, of course
the women must either wade or be carried over.  In-
fluenced partly by Mrs. Tew (who pronounced for con-
veyance-by-husband) partly by him (who liked the
fun) the pretty widow agreed to emulate her com-
panion s example.    So Tew strode through, bearing
Mrs. T. in his arms, and disdaining to remove his
socks and sturdy ancle-boots.    Then I carried
Mrs. Hewitt over, going in bare-legged.   N.B.  She
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and forty-seven
Description:Describes his visit with William Tew in Canada.
Date:1861-08-31
Subject:Children; Fishing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hewett, Susan; Tew, Arthur, Jr.; Tew, Jane; 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.