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brother.     This gentleman did especially distinguish him-
self in the performance of jigs and horn-pipes last
night.         The day was a little overclouded, and promis-
ed rain, with some slight performance presently.   For
three fourths of the ascent, this mountain was more
easily scaled than its neighbor; and having gained
that elevation we pic-nicked on a big flat rock com-
manding a good view; subsequently making a sort of tent
with leaves and branches to shield the girls from a pas-
sing shaver.      That over, on again, through the densest
of thickets.     Here Haney, Jack Edwards and I
presently left all the rest behind, in our intention
to reach the summit.    Trees, trees   everywhere trees.
The soil so rich in decaying vegetable matter that we
went plunging through it mid leg deep, often.  Great
trunks only retaining the form, giving way to
the footstep.   Up and over rocks, through brakes, bush
es and brambles, ever upwards.  Excelsior!
  The extreme silence of these woods is remarkable,
and almost oppressive.   No chirp of bird or sharp
chatter of squirrel.      Only the soughing of wind in the
branches, and the cracking of dried sticks as you
go plunging through them.     When we reached the
top, and each climbed lofty skeleton trees, to obtain
a view over the surrounding verdure   just the spot
for the treasure discovery in Poe s  Gold Bug    I could
well imagine the horror of being lost in the trackless
forest   .                    Descended the bed of a mountain
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page fifty
Description:Describes a climb up the South Mountain in the Catskills.
Subject:Bonesell; Catskill Mountains (N.Y.); Edwards, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Nature; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Palenville, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.