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          Sally  trying it on  with Mort Brown.
der where he is now, good fellow!)     Reaching
it after further peregrinations through the woods,
all to lying on the grass, plucking berries and
idly looking at the prospect.       From this elevation
you could see into three states, it was said.         I
listened awhile to Sally  practising  with young
Brown and presently dozed.             All down again,
I marching ahead with Collard.          Another halt
at the spot where we had left the baskets and
another feed.      Presently, rolling stones down a
steep mountain-side into a wood.            Return to
the farm-house, into wagon and off, Grafton-wards.
The mountains in our rear looked singularly beau-
tiful in the sunset, surpassing anything we had
seen in the course of the day.     Fun going home,
kissing of hands to country-girls on the part of
Jack, Brown and I, sometimes to their exaspera-
tion.   One apostrophized the party as  tarnal loafers 
and  darned fools.         Rather tired when we got
to Grafton and to bed early.
  17.  Friday.  Sally and Mort Brown out for
a morning s ride; the rest of us packing up, set-
ting bills &c.     Our last dinner at Grafton.    All
into wagon by 1, and off for Troy.       A beautiful,
sultry afternoon, umbrellas convenient to shield
us from the sun.        At Troy by 5, to the steam-
boat, securing state-cabins and depositing baggage,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and sixty
Description:Describes having a picnic in the Catskills with the Edwards family and others.
Date:1860-08-16
Subject:Brown, Mortimer; Collard; Edwards, John; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):Grafton, [New York]; Troy, [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.