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              A Brighton Beauty in Canada
my arm round little Mary Jane s waist part of the way.
  26.  Monday.   Writing to my mother.   After din-
ner John Tew came, with the two Englishmen and
presently John Conworth rode up.  After two hours 
desultory talk, John Tew and I set off to Paris
in his cart, and thence, having got papers,
whiskey and other necessaries, to  Jemmy Baker s, 
stopping by the way to have a crack of talk with the
father of George Bolton s housekeeper, who was of the
opinion that a judgment of civil war had fallen
upon the Americans, because of their being a verra
wicked people and awful swearers!     Baker we
found  cultivating  in a field and he gave us a char-
acteristically hearty welcome.  We sat, talked war and
Pine Pond, drank, and anon had tea; when I was
pleasantly placed beside the pretty, English wife of
Baker s brother-in-law, whom I had seen on my for-
mer call upon him.      She is but recently-arrived
in Canada and newly-wed; her husband crossed
the Atlantic for his health, and brought back with him
this fair-faced young woman.        She has clumpy
dark, shining hair, dark eyes, a fair skin,
and a quiet, good way with her; and it was pleasant
to elicit a few half-shy remarks from her pretty,
innocently-shaped mouth, with its ruddy lips and
white teeth.     I thought Canada must seem out of the
world to her, after Brighton   her English home.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and forty
Description:Describes his visit with William Tew in Canada.
Subject:Baker, Jemmy; Bella; Bolton, George; Civil War; Conworth, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Puckeridge, Jane; Tew, John; Tew, Mary Jane
Coverage (City/State):Paris, [Ontario, Canada]; Brighton, [England]
Scan Date:2010-07-08


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.