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	     Pine Pond again.
shine, went through a field or two into the
wood, where the pines and hemlocks, the maples
firs and varieties of oak-trees grew thick, and
the undergrowth was full of wild-flowers and blood-
red squaw-berries; as my companions designated 
them from their use by the Indians.   A descent of 
a sloping, wooded bank brought us to the margin
of the lake.          It looked perfectly familiar to me;
my visit three years ago might have been yester-
day, for all the change I saw.   The water-
lilies with their broad, green leaves and pure,
wan-like flowers; the half-submerged trees and 
driftwood; the mosses; the reeds, the rushes, near
the shore; the distant bank with its dead trees
sentinelling the green, glad
forest; the leaping, sparkling sunny water, with
its God-given wealth of color and beauty   I knew
and loved its every feature.       Meantime the mus-
kitoes bit us considerably.       We beheld our friends
in the distant boats and shouted to them, and after
due time they came, paddling up to us, in the same
old boats in use three years ago.   They had two of
them, two strangers on the lake occupying a third.
Robinson Smilie (on whom we called when going to
visit Arthur Tew) was of the party, the Tews and
George having taken him up by the way.  Then en-
sued a debate as to whom should re-enter the boats.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and twenty-two
Description:Describes a fishing expedition at Pine Pond.
Date:1861-08-17
Subject:Bolton, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nature; Smiley, Robinson; Tew, Arthur
Coverage (City/State):[Paris, Ontario, Canada]
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.