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          A Walk in Company.     Matty.
impaired by the rain, but it was an idle time,
a pleasant time! even little Tommy might 
have known how kindly and innocently I felt
towards Sally without hating me.      Remounting
we retraced our steps till we came to the road
leading towards the Saw-mill and then follow-
ed that and went beyond it.         Every little 
stream and pool was swollen, all the land-
scape presented evidence of the late heavy rains
Sometimes we plashed through big puddles, to
the muddying of Sally s riding-skirt.          By
11   we returned to the house.   This was my
last ride with Sally; we had more confidences
in it, some of which I have embodied in the
preceding one.     Subsequent to dinner a six-
mile walk, past the ponds to a certain hill
top where was a view.   Sally, Matty, Brown,
Knudsen and little Jessy were of the party,
though the last turned back before we reached
our hill-top.     Brown kept by Sally s side the
greater portion of the time, (of which more here-
after) and Matty leaned on the arm of Knud-
sen.    She was fatigued and unwell; has been
the latter, indeed, all the time.    She was also,
more s the pity, rather ill-conditioned, disposed
to remain mute when spoken to, and towards
emulating Eliza in the damned American prac-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and fifty-seven
Description:Describes a vacation at Grafton, New York, with the Edwards family.
Date:1860-08-15
Subject:Brown, Mortimer; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Jessie; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm; Nast, Thomas; 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.