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         The Towns of Galt, Preston & Blair.
sailing that it was a question whether Mrs. B.
could endure the voyage.  They were seven weeks
at sea; seven weeks, as Bellew said,  in company
with people with whom you wouldn t wish to stay
half an hour.              Clif. Thomson is with his regi-
ment in Washington, where, also, are Mortimer
and House; anxiously awaiting the next battle;
which in private circles is said to be imminent.
x   x   I have not seen Cahill since you have gone;
though I have been thrice in his room, early in the
morning, for that purpose.             On, merrily, read-
ing the news from the last-received  Tribune ; talking
and smoking.      Our road lay through a pleasant
and sometimes picturesquely woody country, bounded
by worm-fences or those composed of tree-roots.
By half-past twelve, when we had eaten the sand-
wiches judiciously put up by the pretty housekeeper,
we reached the town of Galt, situate beside the 
Grand River, whose snaky sinnosities we had occa-
sional glimpses of, on our road.     Erroneously, we
drove through its main-street.      White, wooden
houses, Scotch names, inn-signs, exhibiting the ap-
propriate conventionality of design, as instanced in a
brown Red Lion, with a disproportioned head and
comically impossible countenance.     On to Preston.
German names, almost exclusively so.     Blair, a
mile or more further; to reach which we crossed
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and sixty
Description:Describes his journey to Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada.
Date:1861-09-10
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; House; Ocean travel; Thomson, Clif; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)
Coverage (City/State):Galt, [Ontario, Canada]; Preston, [Ontario, Canada]; Blair, [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.