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	    The Bowman Homestead.
an abandoned railroad, where the grass, weeds and
wild flowers growing between the sleepers and close
to the rails, presented a curious picture of desola-
tion.     By 1   we had travelled about twenty one 
miles and were at our destination, the residence
of Benjamin Bowman, father to my friend Amos
of the  N.Y. Tribune.  It is a spacious white wooden
house, on the outskirts of the town, standing
on  Carlisle  hill, and commanding a fine prospect
of river and distant forest.        Proceeding up a path
between its front garden and a decayed nursery,
we went to the front door and, after knocking in vain
for some time, to the river.  There we found
a tall woman, middle-aged, with a high waist,
without a cap and (I think) barefooted; also two
strapping bare-legged girls, of perhaps fifteen and
sixteen, one with an exceedingly German countenance
and her light hair about her ears.           Announcing
my name, and inquiring for the head of the family,
he appeared in the shape of an elderly, bald-headed
man, who giving order for the disposal of horse and
buggy, welcomed us into the sitting-room of the  old
homestead,  as Bowman s letter termed it.    This con-
sisted of one large apartment, stretching from front to
rear of the house, without any table or other furni-
ture but a few chairs and a corner bookcase, floored
by the matting called in Canada  drag carpeting. 
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and sixty-one
Description:Describes his journey to visit Bowman's family in Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada.
Date:1861-09-10
Subject:Bowman, Amos; Bowman, Benjamin; Bowman, Benjamin, Mrs.; Bowman, Carrie; Bowman, Lizzie; Conworth, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[Waterloo County, 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.