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Down stairs having a pipe by the kitchen fire this rest of the evening.
Charley out at his wooing.
  4  Friday.    Down town at 1/2 past 7 in all the glorious freshness
of the morning.  Left the blocks at Strongs, then to Duane Street;
and found Mr Hart, Dillon and Butler just about to start
for Hoboken.   So joining them we crossed at the Canal Street ferry
A pleasantly spent day.  Gathering wild chestnuts, butternuts, hauling
down grape vines, clambering trees, winding our devious ways through
brake and dell and wood and thicket, along the high rocks, where-
from we could look down upon the tall tree tops; the glorious Hudson;
and the white sails beginning it; and the great city, all spread
a Deity-created panorama beneath us.     At noon or thereabouts, de-
cending the steep rocks, (after an impromptu bon fire of dried fir-
trees on the summit of the cliffs)  we imbibed a glass at the shanty-
hotel below, and then, learning that no provant was there to be
drained set off for a three or four miles walk to Weehawken.
Along the dusty road merrily till arriving there we regaled on bread
cheese and ale right hungrily.   That done, (and not in brief time either)
we return; after three parts of an hour devoted to despoiling a chestnut
tree by the road side; Mapother and I mounting aloft, and Mr Hart
and Butler remaining below to get  em.      Then after frequent pauses
to eat and crack our woody spoil we jog on.   A sea-bathe by
myself and Mapother on the road.       Evening and sunset as we
wind our way along the pleached Margent of the Elysian Fields.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and seventy-five
Description:Describes a visit to Hoboken.
Date:1850-10-03
Subject:Butler; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Leisure; Mapother, Dillon; Nature; Strong, Thomas
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Hoboken, [New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Duane Street; Canal Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One
Description:Details Gunn's first year living in the United States, including his experiences with boarding house living in Jersey City and New York City, looking for work as an artist and a writer, publishing his first book ""Mose Among the Britishers"" and brief visits to Philadelphia and Boston.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Jersey City, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts
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-two 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.