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	            Rustic Pleasures.
leaving him by the way to talk with a certain
Dutchman, who had brought two bits of specimen 
slate for him to see overnight.   He, paterfamilias,
first became familiar with this locality in consequence
of his employing the owner of a mill, at Quackenkill,
to grind paints, in which he, at that time dealt.
Knudsen had wandered off to sketch, so Sally
and I kept on, along the sultry country road,
presently sitting down by its side, under the shade
of a tree, for half an hour.                    I think we
all went out for a ramble in the afternoon, but 
forgot particulars.
  7.  Tuesday.  Out somewhere in the morning.
After a doze in the afternoon, I went by the road
to the ponds, after Jack, Knudsen and Sally, finding
the two latter by the roadside in a little copse, Sally
sitting among the green leaves making wreaths and
ropes of fur boughs   one of the former on her head.
We pursued our walk for an hour, almost till
sunset, gathering raspberries by the hedges.   The
wreaths and ropes were designed as a welcome to
Hayes or Haney, both of whom were expected and
a big green H. manufactured and suspended on the
wall of the big room.            In the forenoon (I
remember, now,) we all went to the woods, along the
paid road, Jack taking his gun.            Idling, talking,
sitting in the shade or getting reddened by the sun-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and thirty-eight
Description:Describes a vacation at Grafton, New York, with the Edwards family.
Date:1860-08-06
Subject:Edwards, George; Edwards, John; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hayes, Edward; 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.