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precocity manifest in Yankee-olive-branches,) sliding and
skating;  lots of civil Scotchmen.       Paved streets and
good display in the shops.        I make two purchases, a
fur cap & gloves, gauntlet shape.           Walking
about all the morning till 1,   then return to lunch
and the  North American.      Writing and general fraterniza-
tion.
  9.  Sunday.   Long walk with the telegraphic Cana-
dian to see College and Asylum.    Collegians in
dresses familiar to me at Oxford.    At the Telegraph
Office,  witnessing the mode of working.         I like the
Canadians, they are sociable and friendly;   there s none
of that hard, restless, cosmopolitan Americanism manifest
which, while it makes the U.S. citizen so self-reliant
and dominant, and respected divests him of home feelings
and comforts.       If ever the time comes, and I suppose 
it will, that Canada joins in the great aggressive march
of the mighty republic, I for one shall be sorry to think
that these pleasant home associations will be submerged.
  I like to hear kindly English thoughts spoken in an
English tongue, in an English Colony.      And I very
much like Canada.
10.	Monday.   Up before daylight, and am
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and thirty-nine
Description:Comments on the differences between Canadians and Americans.
Date:1853-01-08
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Toronto, Ontario,] Canada
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.