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tortuous and obstructed channels, the feeble sunbeams
shining here and there, a savager, more disconsolate place
it would be hard to fancy.     The pond itself, when at length
we reached it, proved to be of considerable bigness, comprising
perhaps 2000 acres, entirely surrounded by forest.
There were thick oscer-like ridges growing in it, but of dead
trees it was comparatively free.           Here we fished   at least
the rest of the party did, I, having no trolling line, confined
myself to looking on, occasionally baling out the boat and going
to sleep, which last I manifested such an inclination towards
that George put me ashore.   Here I found fire smouldering
among the dead leaves and boughs, improved it and lying
down went off into a good hour s slumber, finding a stran-
ger near me when I awoke.  He asked a question or two
about the boats, said he was  from the mill  and went off.
George came and we fed together, then to the boat again.
He had caught but one pike   not a large one.  Further endea-
vours resulting in nothing, we paddled about the pond, vi-
siting the others.   William Tew had secured a 6 lb pike   a
fine-looking fellow, also some half dozen others.   His suc-
cess induced George to try again, when he caught one.  Day
wore on and it grew towards sunset.        The pond looked pretty.
An Indian and his family   it was, as usual, difficult to
tell the women from the men   were fishing also, and with
little result.    The minors of our party had relinquished the
more ambitious sport and were now trying for perch.  The
pond seems well populated by funny people.   Paddled back
at length, not without labor, getting  snagged  on the sunken
trees repeatedly.    An hours delay on debarkation, and then
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and seventeen
Description:Describes a fishing excursion to Pine Pond with George Bolton and the Tews.
Subject:Bolton, George; Fishing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Tew, William
Coverage (City/State):[Paris, Ontario]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.