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was immediately welcomed by pleasant faced, good humored, fresh colored
Miss Compston.    She was setting up type, and Swan in a room
adjacent sat correcting proofs, to morrow being publishing day.  He gave
me hearty greeting.   I told him all that I d done since our parting,
& all three had a good talk.   Wouldn t hear of my going to an hotel,
so locking up the office, we all walked home together.  To a longish
one story house, situate one corner of a street, little garden all round
and locust trees enshading its front.    A sort of covered way with vine
over-arching it in the rear, born & stable.       Introduced to Mrs Swan,
and two visitors, there staying, here attracted from Zanesville, by Universa-
lists Convention, the elderly man who spoke not much, but went to Church
after supper, which we all partook off in a room to the rear of the house.
There s plenty of young Swans.       There father did not go out with his
guests, but we sat talking, and about 10 I went to bed, a very
comfortable one, on the sofa; thinking much of what good people there were
about me, how much true, kindly hospitality had been shewn me, and
what little parade or ostentation about it.       I do like and honor these
western people,  the more I see of them, and  tis a noble country that
produces them.
  23.  Friday.  Up, a hearty breakfast, and to Swan s Office. He
was busied all day about the paper, Miss Compston also, and a son of his,
and two men.    I read, took a ramble, but not far until the afternoon;
when I set off for exploration.    The Court House, a pretty white columned,
red brick building, green trees refreshing the eye in front, and on the little
cupola above, a pure white statue of Themis standing out clear against
the bright unclouded blue sky.   Wide streets and quiet houses slumbering
in the hot sunny, idle afternoon.        Rambling past the State House I en-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and eighteen
Description:Describes arriving at Swan's newspaper office in Columbus.
Date:1853-09-22
Subject:Compston, Miss; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Swan; Swan, Mrs.; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Columbus, Ohio]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.