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                  The Spirit that says Nay to All. 
saving habits and living with the Martins   the head
of whom George designates as a Yankee,   John became
what George now represents him to be.         I take the
liberty of dissenting from that representation, on my own
judgment.          I know that the Bolton blood runs in
meaner and dirtier channels than that of the Conworths,
and while to some extent sympathizing with George
and seeing how this damnable, ingrained nature
has been developed in him, I yet abhor and shudder
at it and wish   Oh! how I wish that Charley had
never married into that family.     There s an utter
distrust of all good in it; a cunning and selfish-
ness which funds its outlet in innumerable notions,
great and small; a sordid habit of life which de-
presses and revolts one; a miserable fear of open
speaking, a trick of hinting and sneering and attempt-
ing to accomplish its mean ends covertly; an absence
of all liberal thought and construction; an omnipre-
sent decendentalism, to which I cannot and will
not shut my eyes; manage my present position.
The good in George, I will do justice to, presently:
I know it and perceive it, but I must secure the
truth on the other side also.            As George and
I drove into Conworth s gate this evening, he point-
ed out the spot where poor Sarah lies; in a spot
on the left, a mere corner of a field, unmarked by
any grave-stone, with her dead babes on either side
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page seventy-two
Description:Describes his visit with George Bolton in Canada.
Date:1861-07-20
Subject:Bolton, George; Conworth, John; Conworth, Sarah (Bolton); Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Martin, Joseph; Martin, Joseph, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[Paris, Ontario, Canada]
Scan Date:2010-06-09

 

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.