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about England as agent to a large cloth-buying es-
tablishment in New York, lived in London, visited Paris,
and returned to his native country with a high estimate
of  the old country.   He is a rich man   owns land and
houses in Elmira, lends money on mortgages &c.     Re-
turned and to bed in a very handsome chamber.
  17.  Sunday.  Mr Eldredge arrived after breakfast.
What a lovely drive we had that lovely autumnal Sunday
morning!    The soft Indian-summer like aspect of the
distant mountains, the bright river, the neat white houses,
smiling fields and beautiful tints of the woods   the sweet
pure country air   to be amidst all this was in health and
strength, was to bless God for existence, and to love all
human kind.       My companion was a kindly gentleman
who has taken to this farming life principally from sheer
disgust at what he was exposed to during his official
position on Randall s Island.       To the farm-house   
a handsome, comfortable, wooden one, with books and
other necessities of cultivated, civilized people. Jenny
was about and active enough. She had forgotten  Mr
Dunn  as she used to call me, but we soon established a
new friendship.    As Jenny frankly acknowleged that she
didn t want to go to church, I with Mr and Mr El-
dredge set out for it.   Not very far, by the road side
  a plain building consisting of a single room.   Wagons and
other vehicles were hitched up outside, and some of the
congregation   particularly the boys   loitered there too, as
the service had not yet commenced.           Entering, Mrs
Eldredge parted from us.   The women sat on one side,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and thirty-one
Description:Describes a visit to the Strongs and the Eldredges at Elmira, New York.
Date:1858-10-16
Subject:Eldredge, Jenny; Eldredge, Sr.; Eldredge, Sr., Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Religion; Strong (Elmira)
Coverage (City/State):Elmira, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.