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stream, getting to Palenville about half and hour be-
fore the rest of the party.
  29.  Friday.    All, in a big cart, off early for
a visit to the Falls, via Mountain House, our driver
being the performer on the  dulinner  before described.  As
we rattled along, talking, laughing and eating apples (of
which there was a substratum beneath the straw of the cart)
our driver picked up  the mail    a small bundle of letters
  lying in the road.           Some circuit was rendered necessary
in consequence of broken bridges.      The day being fine,
the air cheery and bracing, we sped along merrily, by
fields of strongly smelling buckwheat, past land where
men were ploughing, and up towards the mountains,
sometimes getting out to explore a little fall, or to ease
the horses.             Halting at the halfway house, I saw
old Peter Schmitt, who at present keeps that place of
entertainment.   (I understand from Falk that the
old man and his son Lewis have quarreled, in conse-
quence of the former getting into a habit of general boo-
ziness, incompatible with his usefulness.)         The hut
was ornamented by Stone s lithograph of the Falls,
published some two months back.          Though not
strictly faithful, and rather hugely wrought in point
of effect   he s got midnight below, a storm coming on
and, woods on fire above    tis, (thanks to the litho-
grapher) every way better than I had expected, and
so well done that Sol and Alf Waud s chance is
smashed.      The project was, originally, Alfs but Sol
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page fifty-one
Description:Describes a visit to the Falls at the Catskills.
Date:1856-08-28
Subject:Artists; Bonesell; Catskill Mountains (N.Y.); Eytinge, Solomon; Falk; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Schmitt, Lewis; Schmitt, Peter; Stone, B.G.; Travel; Waud, Alfred
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.