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some mountain exploration.   So dismissing our driver,
we took up our abode at Falk s tavern.      Tis a
plain wooden house, with perpendicular and iron orna-
ment sign in front.    Falk is a stoutish old boy of
Dutch ancestry, deliberately rustic in speech, and
stolidly good humored.    He charges $5 per week.
Showing us the upper floor of his house, (to which you
ascend by means of a darkish staircase presenting two
sharp angular steps to damage your knee-pan against)
he exhibited two neat chambers with the information that
if we selected them, it must be with the condition that
we d vacate  em for a lady from Boston, her baby
and servant   if they came on during our story.   Her
husband had written to him (Falk) inquiring whether
he could accommodate them.      It proved, of course
to be Mr Alf Hill.     So we took a sufficiently spacious
two bedded room, smelling herb-like and countryish, and
setting my heart yearning towards Chacombe.      After
a plentiful though homely supper in a rear room looking 
out on a garden, we turned out, crossed the stream
by a temporary foot bridge   the freshet has carried off
the old one   and so to the girls.               They looked very
healthy and happy, especially the younger ones.
  I love these Cattskills.  I feel at peace here.
  26.  Tuesday.  With the girls, their brother
Jack, and the little fellow Will up the streamlet,
under conboy of a Mrs Williston, who resides here.
A lovely sunny day.     Up mountain paths, through
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page forty-six
Description:Describes his vacation in the Catskills with Jesse Haney and the Edwards girls.
Date:1856-08-25
Subject:Catskill Mountains (N.Y.); Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Falk; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Travel; Waud, Alfred; Williston, Mrs.
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.