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           The broad, bright Tappan Zee. 
Welles, Sally and others followed.    I had doze
on sofa in parlor, Sea Captain, wife and others
asleep in t other end of the room.   Folks back.
More loafing.   Men off for another swim; I
took walk with Sally, Ann, Sea-Captain, his
wife and little daughter.    Back to tea.   By
7   all crossed the Tappan Zee on the Ferry-boat.
Had Eliza s company henceforth and the girl showed
very good and kind and sensible.     Looking over
the broad evening water we talked of it, of drown-
ed people, of misery and happiness in the world,
of whether she d every cross the Atlantic and
present of her disposition and   faults.        Like
her sisters she is very inquisitive about what you
think of her, wants to be liked more than the others.
But how good and warm-hearted the girl is,
how she responds to truth and kindness!   Now
God bless all of them! as I missed, as we were
rushing home-wards in the railroad cars, my
thoughts of the girls being more than half prayer
for their welfare and happiness.       In the little
walk with Sally, preceding supper, just as we re-
turned to the house, I looked at the lovely land-
scape, the bold rocky bluff, all clad in its
summer beauty and the lovely river, and it came
into my heart with indefinable pain that these dear
girls must grow old, experience sorrow and suffering,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page seventy-eight
Description:Describes a sailing excursion to Nyack with the Edwards family and others on the Fourth of July.
Date:1860-07-04
Subject:Edwards, Ann; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Fourth of July; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Welles, Edward; Women; Worth, Captain; Worth, Miss; Worth, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[Nyack, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
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.