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the fields and country generally being in their most luxu-
riant pomp of summer beauty, and the grand, blue
cones of the Cattskills, on the far side of the distant,
unseen river, closing the horizon.    We stopped here
and there for  handware  as Ten Broeck denominated imbi-
bition, met a brother of his and companion, dashing along
almost as rapidly as ourselves, and presently got to
Lower Red Hook.  Our purpose was equine-copulation,
which having effected, Ten Broeck bought a lot of boxes of
cigars and we rattled back.            Quite a large party as-
sembled round the dinner table that day, Ten Broeck s
brother and friend, Livingston, our host s shop man &c
swelling the number of guests.    Piazza-loafing, cigar smo-
king, rambles down the  Kill  and do-what-thou-wilt
enjoyments.  Mary Liv  as they called her smoked her
cigar in a masterly manner after dinner, and sulked
a little on my chaffing her on it.    A view of the fall by
moonlight, from a ricketty bridge leading to the top story
of the paper mill, about fifty feet above the bed of the
stream is exquisitely beautiful.   I had a quiet cigar there
and thought   as I always do when I m very happy or
very miserable   about Hannah and Chacombe.
  6.  Monday.   Out  fishing  with the girls down the
glen.  Little  sport .   They, the girls, caught two little
wee fishlings and threw  em in the water again.        So when
they had gone Foster and I bathed delectably.           Happy
loafing all day; at even all off to convey the two
girls to another house, some five miles off.    Foster,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page two hundred and one
Description:Describes a ride into the country with Ten Broeck and others.
Date:1857-07-05
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Broeck, Ten; Foster; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Livingston, Broeckius; Sanders, Mary Livingston; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Hudson, 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.