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a certain rowdy, and whilome inmate of the States prison, had been at feud
with Squire Bolton, as the latter was strong on Temperance, and had resorted
to this queer mode of retaliation for the attempt to put him down.
  Returned, dinner, and then to the stream and sketching, Dillon
going with me and doing the like. (He strongly perfuming, having
 ere dinner performed the delicate operation of skinning the Friday taken
musk rat.          Sketching till sun down, then after a walk over the
hill to the house of Mr Lyon, (Mr Hart having ventured to the Lyon s
den under protection of the Wolf,)  and finding they intended to stay supper,
we returned, as shortly afterwards did they. Evening in doors drawing.
  14. Monday.  After breakfast, with Dillon into the copse beside the stream
and there singling out a tree of moderate girth, about my own thickness
went to work with axe to fell it.  No thoughts of wailing hamadryads
as you can scarce think of classicalities in connection with American woods,
wherefore I did not imagine the great Pan with wrinkled bow, crooked
horns, and fir cones knotted in his hair, peeping out with anger at the
nose of the axe.  Hard work vertitably, at length Dillon having left
me since half hour crack, crack down it toppled, with its goodly
boughs and twigs all in bud.   If ever I go there again I shall 
see streets and houses there, in that little copse.   Out a few smaller
ones down, then returned to those surveying, bade them good bye,
said the same to the friendly Wolves, and started for a long walk 
Farmwards, along the rail.      Fences of blue and yellow stone ,
or zigzag wooden rails marking the roads, trees all save the cedars
and firs bare enough.   A brisk sunny morning, and as the day 
drew on hot enough to render carrying my coat in another way than on
my back a matter of convenience.        Sometimes a rough railroad
bridge, the sleepers and cross pieces all bare, road below, and  
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page seventy-nine
Description:Describes chopping down a tree and his thoughts on it.
Date:1851-04-13
Subject:Bolton, Squire; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Leisure; Lyon, Mr.; Mapother, Dillon; Nature; Railroad; Temperance; Wolf; Wolf, Charley; Wolf, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New Rochelle, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's attempts to find drawing work among New York publishers, brief employment in an architectural office, visits to his soldier friend William Barth on Governors Island, boarding house living, drawing at actor Edwin Forrest's home at Fonthill Castle, and sailing and walking trips taken with friends.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; 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.