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            Another Ride with Sally Edwards.
horseback with Sally.     This time took the road
opposite the Grafton House, which proved 
unusually hilly and stony.    The two young horses
were brisk and inclined to shying, once or twice
violently so; at a pile of carpenters shavings mine
shied and plunged and tried going off at a gallop
to such an extent that I prided myself, first on 
keeping my saddle and presently on subduing my
horse.       Subsequent to his bit of Rarey practice
we retraced our steps and struck into a wilder
road which led us through a bit of forest, over
a rotten and dank plank-pathway and anon
out across an open, stony hill side where cows and
a horse were feeding and where the track was
scarcely perceptible.   Persevering, we struck down
a green, wet lane with rocks and puddles under
our horses  feet and trees and undergrowth on
either side, overhead the sun burning hotly but
not unwelcomely.   This lane at length terminated
in a gate and a hill side, preventing further
progress.  Retracing our steps, I dismounted
and for twenty minutes busied myself in gathering
handfuls of the wet, rain-washed raspberries that
grew profusely on the bushes, handing them to my
companion, who held the horses, sitting in her
saddle.     They, too, emulated our example, munch-
ing freely.         The taste of the berries has been
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and fifty-six
Description:Describes spending a day riding with Sally Edwards at Grafton, New York.
Date:1860-08-15
Subject:Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Horses
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.