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brother in law of Foster s, a Mr Nichols who had been
in California and in the Senate appeared after supper,
and we had a game of whist, with cigars and tods.
Rain drenching the rosebushes in the garden, as I went to
  4.  Saturday.  Glorious sunlight and blue sky, af-
ter nearly a weeks continuous drizzle.   With Foster, wife,
children and hand-maiden into vehicle and so across the
river to Hudson.     A cleanly, dozy, take-it-easy place,
like most country towns.        Stopped at Mrs Brooks ,
saw her,  Nina  and a brother whom I had heard of,
but not met. (He had recently returned from a visit to
England.)    The little girl looked very well, and shook
hands with me very heartily.    Off, on the road again, for
some twelve miles in the interior of Columbia county.   Hot
sun light and miry roads   something of a drag for the hoses.
Foster driving, myself holding umbrella, children dozing
behind with their mother and servant.           Got to m our
destination by  2 1/2   It was the house of a Mr Ten Broeck
  lineal descendant from the redoubtable Ten Broeck of Knick-
erbocker s famous history   who had married the elder Miss
Brooks.     A handsome, spacious wooden house all embower-
ed in green trees, possessing a garden and grounds, and
a cold piazza looking river-wards.      The stream   called
Johnsonskill   (all the streams are kills hereabouts) is
pretty broken up by falls, the dash of and roar of
one making cool music all the livelong day and night.   There
is good water power, a stocking-weaving factory and
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and ninety-nine
Description:Describes a visit to the Brooks family in Hudson.
Subject:Broeck, Ten; Broeck, Ten, Mrs.; Brooks, Mrs.; Brooks, Nina; Foster; Foster, Tilly; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nichols (senator); Travel
Coverage (City/State):Hudson, [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.