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poohed down whether tacitly or openly.   One never
knows how much sense and goodness is in these gentle
souls till they are encouraged to speak   to assume a moiety
of that full equality which is their right.  Give a woman fair
play and you ll know the best of her.         Sarah Conworth is
very sympathetic.   Talking incidentally of mothers, I set her
crying.   Again when, one day, moved by seeing her incessant
labor, I said,  Why Miss C. you make a perfect slave of your-
self,  she was so affected as to be unable to speak.        The
remark is simple truth.       A woman comes to the house once
a week or fortnight to do household drudgery, all the rest, 
cooking, arranging meals, washing up utensils, bed-making
&c falls to her Sarah s share.          She has, literally, no so-
ciety.  At night, 7 o clock, or so, she comes to that inevitable
melancholy yet indispensable resort of her sex   needlework,
and sews till bed-time to be roused by 5 next day to ano-
ther sixteen hours labor.  It is my duty!  she says,  and
it s a pleasure to work for those we love.     I hope to hea-
ven George will buy his farm, marry her, and treat
her well.        I fancy he uses a good deal of reserve towards
her.    A lover of some ten or fifteen years standing living
in the same house with his mistress should scarcely be so
taciturn.    He troubles me   I want to believe in him but
would find it easier to do so through the medium of cor-
respondence than intimacy.   He always writes morbidly,
professing extreme friendship for me, hoping for the time
when we shall be neighbors &c.     His letters are full of his
own plans and expectations   never do I remember his
taking thought of or interest in mine.   This sort of one-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and twenty-one
Description:Describes the Conworth family.
Subject:Bolton, George; Conworth, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Paris, Ontario]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, 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.