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who hospitably proferred a demi-john of
liquor tasting like camphene (so said the par-
takers) to most of our party and conceived a sud-
den affection for  the old man  as he called Mr
Edwards, who didn t like the appellation.      Tea
at the house, then for the return.   Into an omni-
bus, being a load-full in ourselves, notwithstanding
which more women were crowded into it compel-
ling the girls to take refuge on masculine laps.
Never were horses more misused in omnibus pro
pulsion, I think, for the top of the vehicle was crow-
ded also.    Yet the blatant driver wanted all the
men on top for more space for women, waiting by
the road side, and only desisted when a general
roar was threatened.           Piermont at last.    Here
we find three and a half hours delay awaiting
us ere a New York train would appear, a very
unsatisfactory surprise.   Deliberation.   Climbed
hill side where were firework preparations,
rambled off, Wells read his  poems.         I mis-
sed the party for two hours, descended to the
village and witnessed the pyrotechnics, feeling both
physically and mentally dismal.     Found folks
at railroad dep t; more weary waiting.    Cars
at last and a horribly slow progress home.  Little
Nast and Honeywell asleep with their heads together,
the latter snorting intermittently, oblivious of Mat-
ty also fast asleep, her head in Eliza s lap.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page thirty-eight
Description:Describes a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and friends.
Subject:Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Fourth of July; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Honeywell, Charles; Nast, Thomas; Transportation; Welles, Edward
Coverage (City/State):[Nyack, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


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.