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	           The Bowmans
On each side of this room, there might have been
four or five doors leading into small chambers.
The old man, without shoes and stockings, sat con-
versing with us.   He was Bowman s father, the
woman his mother, the girls his sisters.    The remain-
ing member of the family soon entered, a young
fellow strongly resembling his brother in face and
manner; quite a compressed edition of him.    He
had about three months ago, returned from the United
States to Canada.     We talked of Amos, of the Trib-
une and the war, while a lunch or dinner was pre-
pared for us, of which we partook in the kitchen,
neighbored by a huge stove and waited upon by the
flaxen-haired damsel.      The old man had expres-
sed himself quite friendly, told me that Amos had
written about me and volunteered some particulars
about his farm.       He returned to it in spring,
from  Otterheim University  in Ohio, certain Scotch-
men to whom he had let about 120 acres of it, ha-
ving failed to pay the rather exhorbitant price of
the acre.    They intended going into the nursery busi-
ness, and had left a good many evidences of it
behind, as a glass-less greenhouse and out buildings,
all of which he took us to see, presently leaving us
in charge of his son.       With him we went into an
orchard, sloping down towards the bank of the stream,
and on the near side of the road, into the abandoned
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and sixty-two
Description:Regarding the Bowman family and their home.
Date:1861-09-10
Subject:Bowman; Bowman, Amos; Bowman, Benjamin; Bowman, Benjamin, Mrs.; Bowman, Carrie; Bowman, Lizzie; Civil War; 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.