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        On the broad, bright Tappaan Zee. 
by the men, the rest of the party, consisting
of Mr. and Mrs. Edwards, Anne, Sally, Eliza,
Nast, Selwyn, Morris, Nichols and some of the minor
Nicholses in the sail-boat.    The excursion would
have proved but slow, but for little Selwyn, who
kept up an incessant fire of amusingly bad conun-
drums; which the girls laughed at; which eclip-
sed Morris, and which Nast tried to receive with
congenial jocularlity.  Sally s headache had gone,
I think; she sat at the t other end of the boat
and said but little.   Eliza, on my right-hand,
was wholly taken up with Selwyn; I had no-
thing but the tiller on my left; so I smoked my
pipe and looked at the Tappaan Zee and didn t
feel called upon for conversation.   It might have
been 4   when we returned; though the rowers
and Matty (of whom we had soon lost sight)  
were a good hour later.          Sitting under the 
cool piazza, smoking, I was contrasting the
three anniversaries of the day, when Sally came
out, accidentally, and took a chair not far off;
presently asking whether I had enjoyed the boat-
ing party?     As much as I expected,  I said.
 Then you didn t expect much?  quoth she, ad-
ding something about why didn t I talk as Sel-
wyn had done, and that they would have laughed
at it.     Well,  I said,  the fact was, to use a
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page thirty-nine
Description:Describes a Fourth of July sailing excursion with the Edwards family and friends.
Date:1861-07-04
Subject:Edwards, Ann; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Fourth of July; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Nast, Thomas; Nichols, Edward; Selwyn
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-09

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War; his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post;"" boarding house living; a bridal reception at the Edwards family's residence in honor of the marriage of Sally Edwards and Thomas Nast; a visit to the Heylyn and Rogers families in Rochester; and his trip to Paris, Ontario, to visit George Bolton and the Conworths.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada ; Rochester, 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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.