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              At Nyack on the Hudson.
presumably at that work now.    Nyack.    Nichols awai-
ting us.     To his house, which looked as if a year
ago were yesterday.    Smoking, cherry-eating, rambling
in orchard, talking with the girls, fun generally.
With the men for a swim in the Hudson, across
garden and down steep bank in front of Nichols 
house.  All in but Bob Gun (who can t swim,)
Mr Edwards and Sea-Captain.     Luxurious time
of it, Nichols with leaves on his head like a Triton.
Back to the house.     A Virginia reel, I danced
with Matty.     Bob Gun rather used-up, wanted to
return to New York and presently did it.      Out in
the orchard again, more fun and fruit-eating
and innocent flirtation.  All jolly.    Half an hours
summer rainstorm, previous to which I had been
swinging Sea-Captain s little daughter and one of
Nichols  in a rope hammock under the trees and
keeping  em laughing for thirty minutes.  In the
house, on piazza.          Dinner.     Eliza on one side
of me, got on famously, we had previously tacitly
made up little quarrel and she had stuck a flower
in my button-hole.     General loafing, smoking
of cigars, drinking of claret and talk on the piazza.
Little girl making wreathes of oak leaves for the
elder ones hair; papa Edwards asleep in arm-
chair.      Welles and I talking to Sally.   Rees, Haney,
Jack, Eliza and Matty off for a boat excursion;
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page seventy-seven
Description:Describes a sailing excursion to Nyack with the Edwards family and others on the Fourth of July.
Subject:Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Fourth of July; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Nichols, Edward; Reese; Welles, Edward; Women; Worth, Captain
Coverage (City/State):Nyack, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of New York literary Bohemians, Frank Cahill fleeing for England after spending money that was meant for ''The New York Picayune,'' visits to the Edwards family, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, a sailing excursion to Nyack with the Edwards family and other friends on the Fourth of July, a fight between Fitz James O'Brien and House at Pfaff's, witnessing a fire at Washington Market, the execution of pirate Albert Hicks on Bedloe's Island, an excursion aboard the ship Great Eastern, a vacation at Grafton with the Edwards family, his growing friendship with Sally Edwards, Lotty Granville's behavior with Brentnall and Hill at his boarding house, Frank Bellew's return to England, and visits to dance houses in the Fourth Ward with friends for an article.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Grafton, 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.