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	             Off again.
little covered buggy which looked like our old-
fashioned London cab in desperately reduced cir-
cumstances, we sat down to breakfast,  Penn-
sylvania Dutch  duplicate of the two preceding
meals.   The girls were called Carrie and Lizzie;
Carrie, the dark-haired one, not being bad-
looking.   They said scarcely a word, their brother
speaking for them.           Loafing in the big room, a
pipe there.   The mist hung heavily over the stream
and distant forest, producing beautiful atmosphe-
ric effects, the fine drizzle fell perpetually.     In
the bookcase were a score or so of volumes, in Ger-
man or English, most of them intensely 
uninviting, each book generally having the 
date of its purchase, the name of its seller and
the price paid for it written on the fly-leaf.   An
hour thus then into our buggy and goodbye to
Carlisle Hill and our Deutsche friends.      We
passed cousin Isaac presently, going, under shelter
of an umbrella to his schoolhouse.   (I had observed
Carrie set off to it, before, in blue stockings, shoes
and short skirts, carrying a slate.)             The drizzle
fell fine and fast, but we were stoutly clad,
had two sheepskins over our legs and could afford
to defy it.      Though the wet, solitary, Canadian
country, over the miry roads we kept on,
during the morning, young Bowman having made
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and sixty-seven
Description:Describes his visit with the Bowman family in Canada.
Date:1861-09-11
Subject:Books and reading; Bowman; Bowman, Carrie; Bowman, Isaac; Bowman, Lizzie; Clothing and dress; 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.