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	   The Girls on Horseback.
middle.     The sermon a good and earnest one.
Loafing in the afternoon, walk in the evening.
A good deal of discursive reading, talking and
diverse pleasure taking during the day.   In the
stroll, I walked with Eliza, returning, with her
and Sally.
  6.  Monday.  Paterfamilias off by 10 o clock
coach for Troy and thence to New York.  (I
have forgot to put down that yesterday evening, Jack
and Matty had a ride together.      The girls liked
this exercise so much last year, that Collard hired
a horse from his father-in-law, in addition to the
one he possesses.   So two riders can always be ac-
commodated.    While Matty was arraying herself
in her riding dress, Sally had a bit of a gallop
on the horse, bare-headed and in her pink evening
dress, crinolined to the ordinary extent, so that
when she was mounted, the horse s tail seemed
to emerge from her voluminous flounces.  She jump-
on and rode with plenty of spirit, and the for-
mer operation excited the admiration of the assem-
bled rustics, who might have seen more than a neat
foot.           Matty, in her riding-dress, sans cri-
noline looked tall and very pretty, and though
more timid than either of her sisters, went off gal-
lantly enough.)              Before Mr Edwards start-
ed we took a walk, in the direction of the ponds,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and thirty-seven
Description:Describes the Edwards sisters riding horses at Grafton.
Date:1860-08-05
Subject:Clothing and dress; Collard; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Horses; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Women
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.