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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 153, May 18-21, 1858

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Identifier: DX02063166

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 153, May 18-21, 1858

Description: Describes a letter from George Bolton, in which he writes about his farm in Canada.

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exhibits the dreadful egotism commonly attendant on suicides. Most men seem to think their death's by their own hand will cause produce a very great sensation. [Henry William] Herbert's prayer wont be respected by the press, but Silence will settle down upon his memory soon enough.

19. Wednesday. Down town. Writing to Hannah [Bennett], at night. [Robert] Gun up. He says he had $1000 in bank some few months back, of which only $2 remain, the rest having been expended mainly on the Picayune.

20. Thursday. Harpers. [John] Bonner out of town. Talk with [Charles] Nordhoff and two of the firm. They had dealings with Herbert, lost considerable money by him, and spoke of his imperious temper. Post & Pic Offices. Tailors. A letter from George Bolton. He writes less morbidly than usual and tells something of Canadian farm life. The hard times and building a house left John Conworth without a dollar; his sister [Sarah Conworth] and George's money only saved him from law suits. Next harvest will put him right again. With his two brothers and the rest the work is light. They live roughly and easily, on their own products, feeding almost exclusively on swinesflesh and only buying tea and coffee. No beer — only whiskey — George gets no pay. Two men can farm 100 acres very well. Land which ten years ago could be purchased for $20 per acre now sells for $80. George projects going further west — not for a year though. Mentions that Mr [William] Bezly of Bloxam is about to retire from his farm.

Drawing all the afternoon. Phonography at night.

21. Friday. Drawing &c. Down town in the afternoon. Gun & [Frank] Bellew at the Pic Office. Returned up town with the latter.

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1858-05-18

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Newspapers
Farms
Diaries
Publishers and publishing
Suicide

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