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	       Mrs. Charles Gunn
not trust myself to write of her, as I do of others.
Comments on George Bolton, who, it appears, cants
in his home letters about  praying and believing 
and that  his loss will prove his spiritual good   
bah! while cheating William Conworth of his labor,
and scraping up dirtily-won farthings.      Confirma-
tion of my estimate of the whole family.     Rosa Bol-
ton   I wish she had never lost that name or chang-
ed it for some other than mine!   it seems, treats
her guests (or rather Charley s) with  hospitality 
akin to George s.   She received me kindly,  writes
warm-hearted Hannah, shy of a word of detract-
ion and dreading to appear uncharitable,  but
grew into an ordinary manner of treatment in
a few days, and when I left, I believe she was
not sorry.   I did not mention what I thought of
it to any one, not even to you, until Charlotte
came back from Chigwell and spoke her mind. 
Brave Charlotte! rightly done!     I was inclined
to think her economical, as young beginners in
housekeeping ought to be, but there s a difference
between economy and meanness.   Ah! don t I know
how much this implies, and how much my dear
Chacombe girl softens it; she, like all of her fa-
mily, except her father, the very soul of hospitality!
Charlotte went purposely to accompany Mrs. Bolton
because she (Mrs. B.) could ge no one else and Mr
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page two hundred and nine
Description:Describes a letter received from Hannah Bennett.
Date:1861-09-25
Subject:Bennett (England); Bennett, Charlotte (Gazey); Bennett, Hannah; Bolton, George; Bolton, Mary; Bolton, Rosa (Gunn); Conworth, William; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Chigwell, [England]; Chacombe, [England]
Scan Date:2010-06-15

 

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.