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time in Canada.
  8. Saturday.   Up betimes, and abroad as a looker on.
To the Butchers Market, a well-built, covered arcade,
occupied on either side by their shops, displaying carcasses
of sheep,  great sides of beef and joints of meat, (at this
time all garnished with holly and ivy, in honor of the season;)
brisk, sturdy, healthy looking butchers,  all busy and as
English looking as may be.   (A butchers shop in the United
States is a dirty affair, with unchanged saw-dust, unscraped
blocks and bits of garbage lying about.   The cattle too are
butchered, not killed decently.)                   I find Mr Gray,
Dick s master, and learn divers particulars of him.  Mr
Gray is a short, good-tempered Yorkshireman, fifteen
years resident in Canada;   tells me firstly that Dick
is a rascal, the which I agree with.       That he is now
in Rochester, N Y.     That after his return from Eng-
land the last time, (when I and George Bolton accompan-
ied him,) he appeared at Toronto with a story about
having lots of money left to him by a grandmother, and
married a certain Miss Newton, a girl he had been
courting previous to his departure.      That Mr Gray
had employed him twice,  Dick perpetrating divers acts
of small rascality, winding up with making a pretence of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and thirty-seven
Description:Describes meeting his cousin Dick Gunn's boss Mr. Gray in Toronto, Canada.
Date:1853-01-07
Subject:Bolton, George; Butchers; Gray; Gunn, Dick; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Newton, Miss; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Toronto, [Ontario], Canada; Yorkshire, [England]; Rochester, New York
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, witnessing a fire at a chocolate factory, attending a religious camp meeting, his friendship with Lotty Whytal, the 1852 presidential election, a visit to Niagara Falls in the winter, a visit to Toronto, Canada, and the Crystal Palace in New York.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, New York; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.