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	   A Mountain Pic-Nic.
for the party.     The devious and fatiguing
ascent was not improved by the moistness of
the soil, for the rains had affected it every-
where, except on the open sunny elevations.  Up we
toiled, young Brown constant to Sally, Matty
availing herself of the arm of the kindly Knud-
sen, I sometimes holding the hand of little
Jessie, walking with Collard or promiscuously
with the others.     By half past twelve or later
we dined (after Brown and I had gone back
a quarter of a miles  distance for the baskets,
abandoned from fatigue, on my challenge.)
Collard made lemonade, and esconscing cursel-
ves on rocks, fallen trees or the ground, beside
a steep and stony mountain path, stretching up-
wards at an angle of forty-five degrees, we ate
and drank.      Anon onwards, across mountain-
tops commanding fine views, into woods and 
along bye-paths, to the Snow Hole.    A chasm
in the mountain of no great depth or extent, 
the green trees growing thickly above and around
it, at the bottom extremity, to which I descen-
ded, coolness and a little crumbling ice.   They
say that ordinarily there is plenty there, and
that it had been recently taken away.    Loafing
here awhile, then  away, away, to the mountain s
brow!  as Joe Greatbatch used to sing.       (I won-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and fifty-nine
Description:Describes having a picnic in the Catskills with the Edwards family and others.
Date:1860-08-16
Subject:Brown, Mortimer; Collard; Edwards, Jessie; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm
Coverage (City/State):[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.