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	      I kiss Susan Hewett.
was of a beautifully pale blue, with little flecks of
golden cloud in it; scarcely a breath of wind stir-
red the green foliage of the pines, whose tall trunks
were mostly smooth and bare until towards the sum-
mits, while innumerable others stood around, quite
dead, like a preserve of titanic fishing-rods.     In
the cool, fresh, woody air, one could detect a latent
savor of autumn.          By 6 we entered our wagons
again and rattled, merrily to Smiley s; pausing
only for ale at a  Farmer s Home    of course at
Tew s suggestion.   At Smiley s, we had tea, and
more singing afterwards, Robinson playing on the
fiddle and his wife on a piano, very much out of
tune.     She is a sister of the wives of Arthur and
John Tew; her husband, a Canadian.         It was
not until past 9 that we turned out into a rather
dark night; for their was no moon and not many
stars.     That, however, I didn t object to, as the
pretty housekeeper had to occupy her former posi-
tion, nor to the joltings occasioned by the stones
in the road; as, of course, it became necessary for
me to put my arm round her waist, as (perhaps)
for one of hers to rest on my shoulder. Could I help kissing her sweet lips?   only once. We parted
with the Tews at their house amid much barking
of dogs, and roused  Ted  from his slumbers by 11.
  8.  Sunday.   Reading, loafing, talking with Wil-
liam Tew (who came up for an hour) and scribbling
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and fifty-eight
Description:Describes his visit with John Conworth in Canada.
Date:1861-09-07
Subject:Dogs; Conworth, Ted; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hewett, Susan; Music; Nature; Smiley, Robinson; Smiley, Robinson, Mrs.; Tew, Arthur; Tew, Arthur, Mrs.; Tew, Jane; Tew, John; Tew, John, Mrs.; 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.