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by dint of these, much scrambling through thickets and
occasional climbing over the faces of steep rocks, got to
the summit by 2 or so.              Looking sheer down into
the Clove below, the view was very beautiful, the
buildings looking like toy-houses, and only the brawling
of the streamlet heard.          How beautiful too, the
South or Blue Mountain rose opposite to us, all
clad in the richest verdure, with changing lights
and shadows moving athwart it.    To see it was to
be thankful for existence.             All to gathering whortle
berries for an hour and then descent.                A dance
and festivities at the farm house at night, the mu-
sic consisting of an irregularly shaped box with wires
and corks in t, played upon with two little toppers, 
worked with some skill and much industry by Palenvillan.
     The ravine shows very grand and gloomy at night.
Innumerable stars overhead, the great mountain walls
on either side, the rush and roar of the waters down
the little Dog Hole, and the clamor of crickets.
(A good spot to bring a murderer through, in a story,
immediately after the deed, at midnight.)
  I want thrice the leisure I have to secure the idlings
of this pleasant week.
  28.  Thursday.   Messrs Edwards Senior and
Junior not shewing up, we defer our excursion to the
Falls proper, and all ascend the South Mountains,
under convoy of a Mr Bonesall, who dwells in the farm
house where the girls lodge, and is Mrs Williston s
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page forty-nine
Description:Describes a walk through the Catskills.
Date:1856-08-27
Subject:Bonesell; Catskill Mountains (N.Y.); Edwards, George; Edwards, George, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Travel; 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.