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             Tew s Characteristics and Farm.
Gardner the pugilist came to Canada to avoid the 
consequences of half-killing another, and gave spar-
ring exhibitions, William Tew tried his bruising
pretensions and, I think, successfully encountered
them.      In occasional  (not by any means nume-
rous fights, he has established his reputation as a
formidable antagonist.     He farms well, but easily,
fishing, hunting and shooting as much as he pleases
  which is a good deal.   Consequently I suppose he
does not make as much profit as others, but
lives infinitely better and I think I d rather board
with him than with any farmer in Canada.     He
is, too, the soul of quiet unpretentious hospitality.
He likes a drink of whiskey and is as liberal with
it too others as to himself.      He loves children, and
if driving in an opposite direction to one of them, is
sorry that he cannot give it a lift.         His farm is
more picturesque, being so well wooded and watered
than these of his brothers or Conworth s.    The house
is a spacious convenient one, built of cool-looking
stone, with trees about it and a spacious orchard 
one side.      There is a declivity within twenty yards
or so of the rear, and woods at no great distance.
I like both the farm and its owner exceedingly.
The first has all the virtues which Dickens is fond
of gratuitously combining with oddity and extrava-
gant, caricatured traits, as in Joe Gargery; and
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and twenty-eight
Description:Regarding William Tew.
Subject:Bolton, George; Books and reading; Conworth, John; Farmhouses; Farms; Gardiner, Orville; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Tew, Arthur; Tew, Henry; Tew, William
Coverage (City/State):[Paris, Ontario, Canada]
Scan Date:2010-06-09


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.