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	A Walk about Tew s Farm.
	             September.
  1.  Sunday.   Writing until the afternoon, then a
walk with William Tew about the wilder and wood-
ier portion of his farm.     Of the hundred and odd
acres of which it consists, not more than fifty are cul-
tivated, the rest being mainly unfenced forest-land.
As he does not own the farm, he won t invest more
labor or money in it than suffices for temporary pur-
poses   hardly that, in some instances, I fancy.     We
coasted the pretty creek, to a large dilapidated saw-
mill, with ruined houses, shade and shanties near
it; a place called  Putt s-town  by Tew; from its
founder, a disreputable Yankee who  lived with a wo-
man as wasn t his wife and that sort of nonsense, 
involving Mormonic privileges with her two daughters.
He died at the place a year or more ago.        This con-
stituted the boundary of Tew s farm.    We talked
with a sturdy square-built man, a carpenter or barn
builder, who drove up to his roadside house, in com-
pany with a comely daughter, dressed in the prevalent
Canadian fashion   round hat and hair in net, and
who was occasionally visible in the back ground of
house and bushes.       I noticed on this, as on other oc-
casions, the folk address one another by their Christian
names.     Returning to the house, stayed in doors during
the rest of the day.           The Canada girls generally
seem to get themselves up nicely for out of doors.   I
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and fifty
Description:Describes his visit with William Tew in Canada.
Date:1861-09-01
Subject:Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Putt; Tew, William
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.