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	       A Sanitary Family.
was announced by the tolling of a large and dis-
mal bell, placed in a frame, at the top of a stout
post.     The meal took place in the kitchen, as be-
fore; at it there was present the whole of the fa-
mily except Mrs. Bowman, who had not been intro-
duced to us, neither had the daughters.       In honor
of our arrival these girls had put on shoes and
stockings and confined their flowing locks, the old
man had donned a wig (which rather unsettled his
identity) and also dressed his lower extremities.
There appeared, too, a cousin, Isaac Bowman, a
fleshy, dark-bearded,                      man of thirty
six and upwards, a schoolteacher.    As I learnt
subsequently,           he was a great  temperance 
advocate, hadn t  tasted, touched or handled  for
ever so many years.     Indeed the family was un-
comfortably reformatory in divers ways, as I found
plentiful occasion to observe.      When I had a
pipe after supper, my preliminary inquiry as to its
admissibility, produced the avowal that thought Mr
B. had been a smoker in past years, and though
visitors were freely welcome to the indulgence, the
family generally had pledged themselves to absti-
nence from the  flagrant weed.       This intimation
came from Bowman junior, as I sat in company
with him, cousin Isaac and John Conworth 
               in the big room looking out of the wide-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and sixty-four
Description:Describes his visit with the Bowman family in Canada.
Date:1861-09-10
Subject:Bowman; Bowman, Benjamin; Bowman, Benjamin, Mrs.; Bowman, Carrie; Bowman, Isaac; Bowman, Lizzie; Conworth, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Temperance
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.