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	      A Country Excursion.
twelve miles distant, the name of which
hastily pronounced we at first mistook for Cold
Snake and amused ourself thereon.      Fellow
passengers, a girl who sat beside me, with rather
a pleasant and intelligent countenance, a bonnet
in her lap; a grayish-bearded and approbative-
ly colloquial Jersey rustic, who had some acquaintance
with her.   Behind, two women, one youngish,
with a baby, the mother presumably a farmer s
wife, with the usual aggressive self-esteem of Ame-
rican women, which they consider spirited and
smart, which is simply brutal, which the men
truckle to.      T other woman was a garrulous
elder who had travelled 1,500 miles out
west, where  the sceneries was elegant, though
mountaineous,  who had heroically carried off a
coffee-cup at a way-side refreshment-station,
not being allowed time to drink its contents
and who didn t approve of making acquaintances
with strangers   all of which she enlarged upon
with much loquacity.           Quiet country, scent
of moist, loamy earth, anon a smart shower
of rain, woods, zigzag fences, fields and
white wooden houses.    Quite dark presently.
Descended at within two miles of our
destination and tramped the remainder, going
out of our way but meeting a Jersey youth
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page two hundred and twelve
Description:Describes his fellow passengers in a stage coach in New Jersey.
Subject:Boweryem, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Colts Neck, New Jersey]
Scan Date:2011-01-29


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of the New York literary Bohemians, visits to the Edwards family, the activities of London detective Arthur Ledger who is staying in his boarding house, Thomas Nast's courtship of Sally Edwards, two masked balls at his boarding house, a visit to Lotty Granville at Fordham, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, and a visit to the ''Phalanx'' in New Jersey with George Boweryem.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Detectives; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Fordham, New York; New Jersey
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.