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	     From Albany to Grafton.
  4.  Saturday.  At Albany.  Up by 5, a
wash in barber s saloon, then, ascertaining that the
Troy boat had passed, crossed the river by early
ferry, in a slight rain-storm, which presently
increased apace.  Had sandwiches and ale, then
aboard the 6 o clock train for Troy, through a
heavy rain storm.      Eight or nine miles was soon
traversed and at the Troy House, from which the
Grafton coach starts, I found Jack and Matty Ed-
wards, with their father, who had come to meet them.
(Haney, it appeared, had disembarked at Albany,
there to join Parton, intending to accompany him
to Niagara.     This little plot, Fanny is ignorant
of, but her suspicions prompted her to propose go-
ing as far as Albany, to return, under Thomson s
convoy, the next day.   So the friends get a brief
holiday together, Haney subsequently joining us, at
Grafton.)           At the Troy House we sat talking
in an upper room till 8, when the coach arrived,
into which we straightway bundled for a showery,
hilly ride of 14 miles.           It was a mere country
vehicle, carpet-sides, and transverse seats, two other pas-
sengers, a fresh-looking young woman and a girl
forming our complement.            Arrived at Grafton
by 12  ; Sally, Eliza and little Jessie out
on the porch to welcome us.     Also Knudsen, the
kindly Dane.           The Grafton House   kept by
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and thirty-five
Description:Describes his arrival at Grafton with the Edwards family.
Subject:Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, Jessie; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm; Parton, James; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Travel
Coverage (City/State):Albany, [New York]; Troy, [New York]; Grafton, [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.