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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 211, September 30, 1858

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Identifier: DX03579540

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 211, September 30, 1858

Description: Describes arriving in Paris, Ontario, to visit George Bolton and the Conworth family.

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impedimenta behind, for Mr John Conworth’s. Climbing the hill, had a pretty view of Paris. Wooden houses and plenty of them, trees, a river, (the Grand river) a longish railroad bridge, mills and indications of quiet prosperity. It has between four and five thousand population, thirteen years ago it had about the same number of hundreds. Yet folks don’t speak of it as a progressing place. A three-mile tramp through very well cultivated country. Stopped at Mr Martin’s a relative of the Conworth’s, found I’d overshot my mark a little, struck off down a road and across fields to a handsome brick-built Tuderish house — completed about ten months back. Only Miss Sarah Conworth was at home. Joined George Bolton who was out gunning two fields off. The absent members of the Conworth family had gone to Brantford, a town some twelve miles distant. With George all day. Out shooting in the afternoon. Introduced to a Mr John Tew one of a stalwart family of four, Warwickshire born, Canadians of thirteen years standing. Mr John Conworth, his brother William (my fellow voyager across the Atlantic) and Edwin [Conworth] returned home in the evening. I got the heartiest and kindest welcome — nowhere but in dearly-loved Chacombe have I experienced a warmer. To bed very happy and liking Canada immensely. All the household superintendance falls on Miss Conworth, and she, though unused to it, acquits herself nobly. Her health is better than when in England. She seems to be less “shy.” I remember when her extreme diffidence amounted to almost a disease. The old gentleman [William Conworth, Sr.], father of the family is visiting some relatives

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Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1858-09-30

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Travel

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