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and most expensive affair.    Back, dinner & good bye to the kind
folks.       Swan with me to the Depot, and at 1 50/60 I m off for
Cincinatti.      A pretty 115 miles did we pass through, though of
no great grandeur.     But there were long slopes of rich woodland, great
fruitfull corn fields, little woods, and most beautiful streams.    That
little Miami I shall recollect.      Bright summer light and luxuriance
was everywhere, mighty trees with their shade athwart the river rippling
on in tranquill beauty, a world of green beauty, despite the dust
which blew fast & thick into the cars & over us, as we looked forth.  By 
5 1/2, having made but few stoppages we have arrived at the Queen
City of the West.    Detached wooden buildings on a high bank, more
houses, common, squalid ones, thicker yet; glimpses on the left hand of
a muddy river with a crowd of houses on the other side; a muddy street
half hidden by pools of yellow water, pigs lying in it, or dashing off in un-
melodious screechings from the shriek of the locomotive, dutch beer-houses,
& then a big depot.        Fifteen minutes waiting, carpet bag secured & I
march up into the town.  At length the Main Street, &  Sun  Office.
But Roselle was away, sick.    A young man, the City Editor, & reporter
vouchsafed to guide me to the first hotel of the place, and did so.
The Burnet House, a huge edifice, as large, or larger than the
Astor House.     To a room apportioned me, washed &c, then supper.
Below looking at newspaper-files & about generally, all the evening, till
I retire to my room & scribble the last six pages.  Reading Haunt home.
  25.  Sunday.  Up-rising and breakfast, thence rambled forth into
the quiet streets and sunny morning.      This Burnet House, (so called
after a wealthy and influencial Cincinattian;) is a large quadrangle, with
projecting wings in front; the middle fa ade cupola surmounted.  Its rooms
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and twenty-one
Description:Describes his journey by railroad from Columbus, Ohio, to Cincinnati, Ohio.
Date:1853-09-24
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Richardson (Ohio); Roselle; Transportation; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Cincinnati, [Ohio]; [Columbus, Ohio]
Coverage (Street):Main Street
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.