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nibus to the North River end of Chamber St, and
aboard the  Armenia.     Off by 7.   Many passengers aboard,
probably, like myself, fleeing that national nuisance the
celebration of the Fourth.       All in cabins and saloons,
or under other cover, as it rained unceasingly during the
whole day.   I spent most of the time in the aft saloon,
reading the daily papers.    The scenery outside dismal in
aspect seen through the driving rain.       A concert, vocal
and instrumental by two Germans or Italians.  Harp,
fiddle and opera airs with national songs.   Folks were
pretty liberal when the elder went round with the hat,
and the men deserved it.          Dinner at 12 1/2, very
welcome and pretty good.          Many folks got off at
West Point, more at Cattskill.                 Reached Hudson by
2 3/4 and found Foster awaiting me at the ferry-
house.   Across to Athens in a row boar with him and
another.   The river a mile or so wide, the ordinary means
of crossing consisting in a miserable, shabby, old  horse
boat  which has, mostly, to make a long detour, in
consequence of shallowness of water.      Athens is a little
place, Foster s father s store the store of the village,
where everything is sold, from shirts to blacking.  It is
also the Post Office.      The residence is a comfortable wood-
en house, with big rear garden.         Got a kindly welcome 
from Mrs Foster, went up stairs took a doze and
wash, descended to tea.     Old Foster a hearty old man,
his wife his feminine counterpart, their shopman an
intelligent good lookingish young New Yorker.      A
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and ninety-eight
Description:Describes his journey by boat to Hudson and then Athens to visit Foster and his parents.
Subject:Foster; Foster, Tilly; Foster, Sr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Athens, [New York]; [New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Chamber Street
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.