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in tune.     The performer know some six or eight tunes,
(some of them imperfectly,)  and played ever the most
rigorously as we approached any stopping place.      Up
the road, bright, beautiful Hudson again   king of
all rivers,   now in his richest summer glory.   A
lovely though nowise hot day.      Dined but indifferently
aboard.          Catskill landing by 2 1/2.       To the coach
office.   Stories of bridges being carried away by the
recent great freshet.     Fellow proposed to take us
to Palenville for $5   if we d wait his leisure. Had
resolved on taking the Mountain House Stage for the
major portion of the journey, to walk the rest when
Mallory, the other stage proprietor offered to put us
through for $1.50/100 (the usual fare to the Mountain
House.)      Heard of Stone being at the Mountain
House.            Off hurrying along the roads with those
grand blue mountain cones rising in the distance,
our driver being a youthful Catskiller with a re-
markable hairy meteor growing longitudinally from
beneath his right eye, like a misplaced moustache.
In truth the storm and freshet of last week had
done mischief as we found.     For there were
fences and trees blown down, crops covered with earth
and broken bridges.       We went through Madison,
and about some 15 miles, instead of the usual 
10.     Arrived at the Clove, sought for and found
the farm-house where all the Edwards  girls are
staying, but they were absent for the time being, on
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page forty-five
Description:Describes his journey up the Hudson to the Catskills.
Date:1856-08-25
Subject:Catskill Mountains (N.Y.); Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mallory; Stone, B.G.; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Palenville, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight
Description:Includes descriptions of the process of publishing his book, ''The Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses;'' his poor mental state upon returning to New York from England; meeting Walt Whitman; visits with Fanny Fern, James Parton, and Harriet Jacobs' daughter Louisa who is living with them; a visit to the Catskill Mountains with the Edwards family; moving into the boarding house at 132 Bleecker Street; working on the publication ''European'' with Colonel Hugh Forbes; the death of publisher William Levison and his daughter Ellen in his boarding house; visiting the scene of the murder of a dentist to get a sketch of the suspect; visiting Newport, Rhode Island, on assignment to sketch for Frank Leslie; and the death of his brother-in-law, Joseph Greatbatch.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Medical care; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Newport, Rhode Island
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.