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and business everywhere.   Leading into a open treed-space, park or square,
from which branch off fine avenues, with sty-lish houses, villas & private
residences, trees about them.   All the streets wide & well kept.   The
day, hitherto sunny & hot, (having overpowered the morning s mist) gan
indicate rain, which however came not.       To and amid the market,  a
busy, cheery scene; some two or three hundred yards of street all thronged with
carts containing mostly country produce, stout former people there attending
Some had butcher s meat, others fowls, fruit, vegetables of any improbable
size, there was brisk bargaining, chaffering, & money passing about, the Ger-
man dialect often heard amid the din of-traffic.          To the Post Office, there
to send, a letter with more guitar strings to Barth.    Got two  Times  at
stall.   Ten o clock & aboard the cars, & off.   Over bridge, and into coun-
try, low-lying, fertile though unpicturesque for a time.   Many places
did we pause at, the names of which I recollect not.       A new London,
& Greenwich were of the number.       Twas tedious progression and very
dusty.   Fifteen minutes for dinner at 1 o clock, then on again. Past
tree stumps, streams pretty & solitary looking in the hot afternoon, distant
houses, fields of Indian corn and towns, till at 5 we dart into a
great depot, and over 100 miles have been passed over, and I am at the 
capital city of the Buckeye state.     Tis a lovely evening as I walk up
the High Street, past a huge, handsome, unfinished building, which I knew
not then was the State House, by one or two large though not fine looking
hotels, good stores &c, and turning for brief space down a street branching
off from it, arrived at Swan s  Elevator  Office.     A near, narrow, longish
building of yellowish baked brick, approached on one side by an outside
staircase, (the closed store below Swan, who had built and owned the
place, hadn t been able to let.)        I went up, opened the door, and
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and seventeen
Description:Describes his journey by railroad from Cleveland, Ohio, to Columbus, Ohio.
Subject:Barth, William; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Swan; Transportation; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Cleveland, Ohio]; [Columbus, Ohio]
Coverage (Street):High Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; Louisiana
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 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.