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	      Damp Domesticity.
open front door into a pleasing prospect of persis-
tent rain.      There was no fire-place or stove visible
though the dank, raw, chilly evening would have
made the use of such more than welcome.      I talk-
ed in the gathering gloom to cousin Isaac, finding
him a very amiable sort of fellow.    Presently the
old man returned fro a ride to somewhere in his
buggy, and to the best of my perception, went and
opened the upper half of a window in the rear, so
as to establish a nice, damp, sanatory draught through-
out the apartment, the effect of which was materially
aided by the occasionally open doors of the smaller
rooms.   Mr. Isaac went off to the school-house,
on the chance of hearing a runaway negro lecture,
I boldly closed the outer door, Mrs. Bowman and
her husband appeared and we talked.           They
were evidently good, honest, industrious people,
hospitable in their way and willing enough to have
us stay, but the first fifteen minutes of our visit
had decided me to return with John, which reso-
lution every hour strengthened.   As a sister of
Mr Bowman s was to be buried to-morrow, du-
ring the fore noon, Mrs B. suggested that we should
all go to bed early, adding with abrupt good-will
 You stop in bed till I ring the bell.    So before
9 o clock, John and I turned into one of the lit-
tle rooms, that leading into young Bowman s  study. 
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and sixty-five
Description:Describes his visit with the Bowman family in Canada.
Date:1861-09-10
Subject:Bowman; Bowman, Benjamin; Bowman, Benjamin, Mrs.; Bowman, Isaac; Conworth, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Slaves
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.