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Mrs F,  Mary Liv  and I in one trap, Ten Broeck,
his wife and Miss Van Dusen in another.   Stopped at
Broeckins Livingston s place, then on to another Livingston s.
(All the country hereabouts was owned by the Livingston s
once.)    Tis a very handsome house, with huge hickory
trees fronting it, and a carriage driver up to the door.
A portly gentleman was the owner, as he sat at the
threshold, in the cool of the evening.   Lots of folks.  A
fine looking old man from Hudson; Mr L s son, wife
and daughters, both tastily dressed and lady-like, one
slightly passe the other very handsome.  A drink with
the men, a walk through the grounds with the girls,
talk, badinage and laughter, invitations to visit  em
and then rattled back.     Pleasant people, all of you!
  A veritable Mrs Knickerbocker called at Ten Broecks
this afternoon.
  7.  Tuesday.  Good bye to Johnson s kill and the hos-
pitable Ten Broecks.   I never learnt to like people bet-
ter in as short time.          Back with the Fosters to Hud
son.   Called at the Brook s (where they wanted me to
stop)  then across the river to Athens again.         A sister
of Fosters arrived from West Point   a plump, jolly-
looking girl with a voice which reminded me pleasantly
of Mary Bennett s, and most exhuberant crinoline.     A
ramble with Foster in the evening to spots where one
could get good views of the pretty place and glorious ri-
ver.      Called in at Nichol s, he having just returned
from a big village pic-nic.       His wife sung to the piano,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page two hundred and two
Description:Describes visit to the Brooks family and the Fosters in Hudson and Athens.
Date:1857-07-06
Subject:Bennett, Mary; Broeck, Ten; Broeck, Ten, Mrs.; Foster; Foster, Mary; Foster, Tilly; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Knickerbocker, Mrs.; Livingston, Broeckius; Nichols, Mrs.; Nichols (senator); Sanders, Mary Livingston; Travel; Van Dusen, Miss
Coverage (City/State):Hudson, [New York]; Athens, [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.