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newspaper on the Editorial Sanctum;) then to Weed s, and to Wells
and Webbs.   Then to room, dinner at 1, and drawing all
the afternoon.   Waud came up, and in the early part of the day Wel-
den.   Evening called for Damoreau and he came up into my room
for short space. /        Ran all through N P Willis  Health
Trip to the Tropics,  which had been left for me by Welden yester-
day.    Brilliant, readable, sensuous books, like all of Willis s.
But he s blundered about the Mammoth cave here and there, and
awfully perverted truth about the guide Stephen.    I can very well un-
derstand how a pretty sharp, intelligent nigger has been flattered into
a most overweening estimation of himself, when such romancing has ap-
peared in print about him.    It s all bosh about his being part In-
dian, he don t look  Castilian;  and with his  knowledge of geology 
 you might choke a dow withal,  or astonish a gaping nobody, but
that s the amount of it.   /        One thing Willis has noted right well,
the utter absence of all scent of vegetation in the Cave,  the skeleton
Air,  as it were.   And again, the multitudinous variety of objects,
overcrowding you with sensation.     Thinking over them in detail, I
now wonder I marvelled not more, then.      So is it also, with respect
to Lake Superior, which is rapidly becoming Fairy Land to me, 
for Evermore.       Does it still exist there, under the icy sway of 
savage Winter?  Thunder mountain rearing its giant head against the
raging waves at its base, the lovely shores of the far away Saint Louis
River, now bleak and savage desolation,   the little Ojibwas village?
Strangely distant to think of, now.               And Louisiana, and the
frank, kind folks there  
  6.  Tuesday.  Drew the subjects on wood.  Dined, then walked
up Broadway to Prince s Street.    It was a bright pleasant afternoon
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page two hundred and thirteen
Description:Comments on ''Health Trip to the Tropics'' by N. P. Willis.
Date:1853-12-05
Subject:Bishop, Stephen; Books and reading; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Waud, Alfred; Weed; Welden, Charles; Willis, Nathaniel Parker
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Prince Street
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.