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	 A Drive to  the Snow-Hole. 
tice of construing offence out of chance remark
or action.            It had been proposed that she
should go out for a ride with Mort Brown
in the evening, but she compromised the matter
by a drive.
  16.  Thursday.  All of us, including Collard s
wife into the wagon, her husband driving, on an
expedition to  the Snow-Hole.   This involved a
twelve miles  ride, Petersburg way and beyond, to
a farm-house, kept by Mrs. Collard s parents.
The day was fine and sunny, not too hot, the
landscape delightful.    I sat beside Sally, Jack
on the other side of her, and we conveyed Knudsen s
handkerchief into Brown s pocket, filling that of
the former with apples and leaves, plucked from
the roadside.     At the farmhouse we found an
old woman, 94 years of age and others.    After
thronging the rooms, eating apples, looking at
pictures of a sort and quizzing a large plaster-
of-paris cat with an idiotically-comic expression
of countenance, we set out to ascend  the moun-
tain.        A very steep one it proved, equalling if
not exceeding anything I have known in the Cat-
skills.       We had to do three miles of it, some-
times over steeply-sloping pasture, sometimes
through forest or up horribly stony mountain
paths, lugging up two baskets containing food
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and fifty-eight
Description:Describes an excursion from Grafton to ''The Snow Hole.''
Date:1860-08-15
Subject:Brown, Mortimer; Collard; Collard, Mrs.; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; 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.