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             Blackberrying and Picnicking.
for an hour or more; part of the time in the
vicinity of the pretty housekeeper.  At half-past-one
we pic-nicked merrily on the grass by the road-
side, completing our banquet of sandwiches with
berries and cream, brought by Mrs. H. in a bottle.
Our meal was a protracted one and a great success.
Then the industrious women must fain go to work
again; what time we lazier lords of creation lay
on the grass, on buffalo or sheep skins and enjoyed
ourselves, myself being the idlest.     In truth I smo-
ked, dozed, read, talked and mused the best part
of the afternoon away, until the others rejoined
me, in a scattering and struggling fashion.      Some
had got  lost,  involving the necessity of some hollaing.
There were other parties in the woods, intent on the
same object; wagons passed us, laden with round-
hatted girls and rustics, and buckets and cans fil-
led with berries.    Also a disreputable scarecrow
of a woman named Campbel (mother of a disrepu-
table and numerous progeny) came by, with a
husband and bucket; the contents of which were
purchased by our party.  She lived on the outskirts
and, during this season, occupied herself exclusively
in  berrying.          Gathered together again, we sat
or lay on the grass, and at William Tew s instiga-
tion, got to singing.   His wife, the pretty housekeeper,
Smiley and I were the vocalists.       Overhead the sky
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and fifty-seven
Description:Describes his visit with John Conworth in Canada.
Date:1861-09-07
Subject:Campbel; Campbel, Mrs.; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hewett, Susan; Smiley, Robinson; Tew, Jane; 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.