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face, her hair, her dress and feel the
sweet poison of love trickle  down into his very heart.
And I thought of my own hopes and fancies 
long ago, when I wasn t thirty-three years old
and didn t live all alone in an attic in a 
foreign country.       Nyack; reaching it by
means of another steamer which took us off and
on.          Mr Nichols awaiting us; to his house,
white and yshadowed with greene trees, like
that of Chaucer s Reve.     Lavation, discoursive
piano-playing, pistol popping, dancing and forag-
ing in the orchard among cherry trees and
raspberry bushes.       Matty among the latter &
anon  Charley.         Papa Edwards and Mrs
E. arrived.    An hour or so, then set off for
the mountain   the Hook, I think they call it.
Some of Nichols  children and his wife, with us.
Pic-nic on hill side, Hudson below us, plea-
sentish.      Two hours thus, then most of the party
save Haney, Mr Edwards & Nichols and
myself, off to scale the mountain.     I had been
plagued by a confounded debilitating diarrhea
all day (which lasted) so was well content to
remain and try a doze.        Straggled up the hill
Difficulty, sat on a stone and let the sun burn
me, liking it.   By and bye back came the strag-
glers by twos and ones.   A warm tramp back
to the house, after an incident of a drunken man
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page thirty-seven
Description:Describes a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and friends.
Date:1859-07-04
Subject:Edwards, George; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sarah; Fourth of July; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Honeywell, Charles; Nichols, Edward
Coverage (City/State):Nyack, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.