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lent order, very cleanly, & the work performed of first rate quality.
Quitting the building and skirting the quadrangle, we found a tame
Bear, who was chained to a place, and walked round in a circle
in the sunlight, a long piece of wood attached to the rope by which he
was tied.       He was not large, and seemed sluggishly discontented &
sleepy.            Shaking hands with the friendly Virginian, I left him at
his houses & sought Swan.    His paper being out, he could accompany
me in farther rambles.        To the little river Scioto, noting its bridges,
& works, to the site of the old state house, with talk of it & of
the growth of the city.           Another ramble after supper, & calling at
an hotel the  Buckeye House      I made the acquaintance of an Eastern
man, travelling Gunpowder selling towards Indiana.      He, learning my
destination, after some talk gave me invite, urging me to take part
of his vehicle, there to see the country by the way.    But inasmuch
as time served not, I declined.           Back to Swans & the friends
having departed, I occupied their room.             Bought Hawthorne s  Twice
told tales,  this evening.
  24. Saturday.  Out, Swan accompanying.   To & over the
State house, still in progress.       A vast fa ade, Green Doric columns,
great, spacious, handsome rooms inside.  Senate chamber, hall of Assembly,
corridors & officers, all extensive.   Solid stone & brickwork.  The building
will cost $10000, and prove a noble one.       Many prisoners at work
I saw.       Thence to the bridges, & churches, which latter are
all adjacent.      The Medical College, a large, hybrid, fantastic
affair, Norman arched windows, turrets, bay-windows, buttresses, little
stone galleries with arch & masonry fantastically shaped below & above,
Tudor arches, & ones of perfectly original continuance,   a curious, absurd,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and twenty
Description:Describes a visit to the State House and the Medical College in Columbus, Ohio.
Date:1853-09-23
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Swan; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Columbus, Ohio]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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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.