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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 223, October 11, 1858

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Identifier: DX03589699

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 223, October 11, 1858

Description: Regarding George Bolton and the Conworth family in Paris, Ontario.


bits of cheerless philosophy based on want of faith in humanity. When he [George Bolton] laughs he hisses. (I have always been disturbed by this, even during our boy days.) He is very taciturn. All this family are so, for that matter, and I, who love cheery talk, perhaps all the more because I don’t get too much of it, have felt as though I were indulging in a monologue over the dinner table. Country people are ordinarily taciturn; here however is another cause — the narrow mindedness evolved by straitened life. George can work well and make no noise about it, is honest, and independent. It may be that, hindrances removed, he’ll branch out into a capital fellow. But I wish he were kinder to the girl [Sarah Conworth] and didn’t revolve so much on self. John Conworth he talks of as sunk into a mer-Canadian farmer, only intent on his crops and making money, dreading to spend a shilling. The Tews came up to the house with “Come, John, you know what I came for — a horn of whiskey.” This whiskey is the universal Canadian drink, a cheap spirit — costing a shilling a gallon — not bad though. John doesn’t drink anything but coffee, nor do the rest of the family. George declares that the old gentleman [William Conworth, Sr.] would enjoy his tod nocturnally, but that he abstains, on the principle of it’s costing money and his being able to do without it. Sarah brought out the decanter every night, and I tried to get the old man to partake, but he wouldn’t. He goes abroad for little walks and picks up sticks in the day time. John, to me, is good humored and passively hospitable. He’s abroad all day, says little, reads less, and goes to bed

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-10-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Farmers


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