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thickets, and over the stones in the bed of the
stream.    Sometimes extemporizing a bridge with
planks and stones, sometimes Haney and Jack
taking off shoes and socks to wade and lift
the girls over.       The little falls and cascades
all swollen by the recent freshet.        All these
girls are good humored, none particularly intellectual
or pretty   yet they are good, kind, excellent persons.
For beauty, however, I must make exceptions
in favor of the younger ones.     Matty is certainly
plump and pretty, and Sally pleasant looking.
But Eliza, with her thick fair hair, worn back
from her good frank forehead, and confined only
by a circular comb, not being gathered or restrained
by aught else; her [word crossed out] full grey eyes, her fine
clear cut features and fair complexion, her little 
wilful, frank ways, her pluck and fearlessness
  I loved to look at the girl.   She is not yet
old enough to have any of the little sentimentalisms
and pretty half affectations incendantal to the change
from girlhood to womanhood, cares for no one s
likings or dislikings, and is apt to be rude to her
favorites   of whom Haney is one, (I envy him)  
and is in everything a frank, free-spirited hand-
some girl.                I have never known any Ameri-
can children I can like.   These English born
ones are as superior in blood, breed and nature
as white is to black.                All pic-nicked at
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page forty-seven
Description:Describes the Edwards girls during their vacation in the Catskills.
Date:1856-08-26
Subject:Catskill Mountains (N.Y.); Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Travel; Women
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.