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supper:  Mason busying himself to make a fire, while I plucked and
anatomized the turkey.  Anon I descended again to the river, for the purpose
of washing the bird,  and returning, with that done  and bottles twain of bear;
we strung turkey gypsey-fashion
			Betwixt two poles upon a string transverse.
Mason had built a famous fire, glowing charred [wood?] heating the two stones
 tween which it was thoroughly.  And marvellously picturesque was the whole
scene.   We sate on a irregular rock ledge; tall tree tops below, down
down, till the eye lit on the river. Above us rocks, trees, cliffs,
and all around shutting us out from the world.  The fire glowed and
leapt and sparkled in the evening breeze, burned string and down came
turkey.  So we had to toast him, and ere long he was cooked to a
miracle, and on a rock for table, we fell to, and with turkey, buisciuts
salt, beer, and subsequently a slight toss of brandy what a glorious supper
we did have to be sure.  Fine, fat, fresh little turkey, he wasn t made
to eaten by Yankee clod-poles, or to be kept for heathen Thanksgiving days,
or New Years dinners;   we appreciated him!     Supper over, a delectable
contemplation smoke, and then the shades of even closing round us, we descend.
to the Grocery Store, and I from the proprieter thereof demand permission to 
sleep in hayloft adjacent, which is accorded, and up a marvellous ladder into
it straightaway.   There, over a stable (in which, I think the cow inhabiting
it, munched all night long,) we made our couches, taking off books, and
after penetrating deeply into the hay, and covering ourselves with our coats; (my
big loose one admirably adopted for the purpose,)  we were long fell asleep and
slumbered soundly till the clear cold fresh breeze coming in at the open
  {4. Thursday}     door window facing us and looking northwards, aroused us to
the birth of another day.       Up we rose, all covered with hay seed,
and to the river brink where we laved to our satisfaction, and then
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and seventy-three
Description:Describes a walking trip taken with Mason, including turkey-roasting.
Date:1851-09-03
Subject:Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leisure; Mason; Thanksgiving Day; Turkeys
Coverage (City/State):[New Jersey]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
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.