Knudsen the Dane.
first visit to Niagara and was fresh from fish-
ing in the St Lawrence. With these accessions
to our party, we went bathing at the Second Pond,
by 4 in the afternoon, all going in but young
Brown. In the evening, we hired a fiddler,
ensconsed him behind the ginger-beer counter and
got up a hop, keeping it up merrily till about
11. Collard and his wife were present, and
a buxom unmarried sister of the latter. Out of
doors, it was a wild, stormy night, with light-
ning and promise of rain.
11. Saturday. A dull day, mist and rain.
We had talked of a journey to the Snow Hole,
but had to give it up. I wrote for an hour or
so in my own room, while the rest played games
and cut up generally. After dinner, though
the day was still gloomy, Haney took Eliza out
for a drive and Mort Brown rode out with Sal-
ly. Knudsen and I walked for a mile or so,
meeting the others, and talking about his na-
tive country. He is a kindly, bearded, middle-
aged man, a bit of a pedant in a harmless way,
fond of argument, but a real good fellow. He
is a tetotaller and ante-tobacco-ite, has a wife
in a lunatic asylum, but bears his private griefs
simply and nobly, saying nothing about them.
We played vingt-un and read in the evening.
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and fifty-four|
|Description:||Describes taking a walk with Carl Knudsen at Grafton.|
|Subject:||Brown, Mortimer; Collard; Collard, Mrs.; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm, Mrs.|
|Coverage (City/State):||[Grafton, New York]|
|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.|