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	In the Country with the Edwardses.
a man of the name of Collard   is a pretty spacious, white
wooden building, two stories in height, with out-
houses, barns &c.       Upstairs is a biggish, unfur-
nished, three-windowed room (in which I, at pre-
sent sit writing) with a bench running round three
sides of it, the fourth being big folding doors, lead-
ing to the girls  apartment.     This big room has
a sort of elevated soda-water counter at one end, design-
ned as an orchestra.           From the windows you see
an expanse of open hilly country.        At the two ends
of the room hang framed pictures in oil, of Knudsen s
doing   views of the village, involving faithful delinea-
tions of detail and execrable execution.       Collard the
landlord is about 27, a young-looking fellow, has
been a baker in New York, also a hack-driver.
He has a good-looking wife, and is constable of the
district.                Rested all the afternoon, in the
evening going out for a walk and a row on one
of the adjacent ponds.   Sally rowed us round it fast,
and then I did.             A game at whist and all of 
us singing, in the big room subsequently, and to-
bed early.
  5.  Sunday.  A walk with papa Edwards,
after Jack and the girls, up the road opposite to
the house, all returning in time to go to church.
The congregation rustic, the men sitting on one side
of the building, the women on the other and in the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and thirty-six
Description:Describes a vacation at Grafton, New York, with the Edwards family.
Date:1860-08-04
Subject:Collard; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm
Coverage (City/State):[Grafton, 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.