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of summer landscape, the placid Hudson, all bright and clear, save
where a cloud s shadow rested, or moved  silently.   Far away the distant
sails & shipping, and now a steamer ploughing the bright water,
& at rare intervals a locomotive rushing by.        Satiated with the beauty
of the scene, a ramble through the house.   Picture leaning against wall,
some articles of furniture, covered up; dust, paper littered about, a
tall mirror, and the sun-sheen through the windows.             To the
Library, and there in the window embayment, with open casement; &
fronting me a bushy cedar clump, the ploughed land, rail, rock &
river, the twitter of birds, the hum of insects for sounds, (also the
fresh rustle of the leaves);  sate drawing all day.   A good library, though
mostly of works incidental to the Stage.             All alone, and very peace-
ful and glad at heart .   But two interruptions, one  Forrest & a friend
who came in the afternoon, ( he in gentleman costume this time,) he greeting
me pleasantly.    Another, the man Abraham, (also well dressed), at about 4,
who told me he was off, giving me directions for door closing, when I left.
At 6, I left, walked back to Yonkers and supper.     Strawberries
& cream equal to Thursdays least.   Then a bathe in the Hudson, as
the flaming day god s hair of gold sunk below the horizon, a thoughtfully
happy ramble back, and to bed, being tired.
  15. Sunday. After substantial breakfast of ham & eggs, sate writing
awhile, and then strolled out, skirted the bank of the Hudson northwards,
a volume of Washington Irving in pocket, to be chipped into, sitting on
a small rock by the river side.    Returned to dinner at an hour past noon, 
and then, reading in my room.   Drew a little.  Supper over, sallied
out, and bathed.   Cigar & brandy-smash & papers, in the bar room, then
up stairs to write this, and bed.  /                     This present, is one of those
happy times memory will joy to retrace in the future.   Much have I to be
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and twenty
Description:Describes his day drawing in the library of Fonthill Castle.
Subject:Abraham; Books and reading; Drawing; Fonthill Castle (Riverdale, N.Y.); Food; Forrest, Edwin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Irving, Washington; Nature; Writing
Coverage (City/State):[Riverdale, New York]; Yonkers, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's attempts to find drawing work among New York publishers, brief employment in an architectural office, visits to his soldier friend William Barth on Governors Island, boarding house living, drawing at actor Edwin Forrest's home at Fonthill Castle, and sailing and walking trips taken with friends.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, 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.