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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 224, October 11-12, 1858

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Identifier: DX03590546

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 224, October 11-12, 1858

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


by 8 o’clock. I think he [John Conworth]’s an honest fellow and am inclined to take some of George [Bolton]’s remarks about him cum grano salis. George spake of his sister Sarah Ann [Bolton]’s affair with Conworth as though she had found herself so much his superior &c &c that she had to break off. Bah! I know better. (Bye the bye George got a letter from Dick [Bolton] some days ago inclosing one from their sister Rosa [Bolton], by which I learn that Davids has offered to lend my brother Charley [Gunn] money, to set him up in business, if a favorable opportunity occur.) George talks of and knows the utter selfishness of William [Bolton], palliates the sluggish and wasted life of Henry [Bolton] (blaming his father [Henry Bolton, Sr.] for it) speaks affectionately, in a passive way, of his sisters, highly of Dick [Bolton] (who admires George of all men) and eulogistically of John [Bolton]. John is making money as a wool-stapler. I think Dick Bolton is the best of all the family. William Conworth, my fellow voyager, is simple hearted, reads Bunyan, and wants nothing better than hard work all day. Ted — the youngest — is a trifle monkeyish in demeanor, and seems to consider the inquiry “How d’ye do Sir?” the heighth of humor, repeating in twenty times in the course of a day. George says he is an habitual eavesdropper, carrying everything he hears to his elder brother, also that he tyrannizes in his boy way over William and his sister [Sarah Conworth]. So much for a very discursive family sketch. We live on pork, almost exclusively but its pork of the nicest kind — Sunday dinners consisting of sucking pigs roasted.

12. Tuesday. Good bye to the Conworth’s. A dull day threatening rain and eventually fulfilling the threat.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-10-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Courtship


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