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into the woods   thick and wild enough they were, too.
Fire had been in them, and great, blackened tree trunks
lay in every sort of picturesque confusion.  Fallen trees all cover-
ed with moss and decomposing into the rich black vegetable monte
from which they sprung, undergrowth, leaves above, around
and beneath you, a glory of autumn colors like that I once
saw in Kentucky woods around the Mammoth Cave.   Here
we rambled, or conversed sitting on a fallen tree-trunk,
smoking delectably.   This land George has some idea of buying.
It consists of over 100 acres, mostly cleared   he can get it for
 300.   It s owners are two brothers and a sister   half negro
half Indian.  They must sell being in debt.   Back to the house,
observing the black squirrels by the way.  Dozing, loafing and
talking the rest of the day.
  3.  Sunday.  A mornings walk with George, John Conworth
and Edwin.   To John Tew s or his brothers   I think the latter.
Eating apples, seeing pigs, hounds &c, loafing generally.  The
country looks very lovely, this beautiful autumn weather.
Read  Paul Ferroll  in the afternoon.   Talk and a pipe at
night.      Paris is the nearest place where there s a church. Only
William went to-day.    The comet splendidly visible at night.
I saw it first at Rochester.          A broad scimetar-like tail,
beautiful and awful to look upon.
  4.  Monday.  To Paris in the wagon with George, John Conworth
and Martin.   They expected some sort of political meeting was
to take place, an M.P. to address the Parisians, but it proved
that it wouldn t come off till the evening.   Strolled to the Post-
Office, where I got a letter from home and one which George had
sent to me, remitted from New York.         Met a Mr Peter Gardi-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and thirteen
Description:Describes the autumn scenery in Paris, Ontario.
Date:1858-10-02
Subject:Autumn; Bolton, George; Conworth, Edwin; Conworth, John; Conworth, William; Gardner, Peter; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Martin, Joseph; Tew, John
Coverage (City/State):Paris, [Ontario]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada
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.