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                  A Ride before Breakfast.
evidently painted in oil, three quarters of a cen-
tury ago, exhibited a girl of sixteen with a smiling
profile, hair cut like a boy s and a body like a
pillow, with a string tied across it, immediately be-
low the bosom.       The Elmendorfs must have
been good and comfortable people; why should
their dear little descendant have come across the
Rawlingses?   I fell asleep thinking of her, and of
Hannah, as the rain descended heavily outside.
  26.  Sunday.   Aroused by 7 by the irrepres-
sible Rawlings, who must fain exhibit his stables,
his sheds, his grounds, his trees, his horses.   The
house stands prettily on the highbank above the rail
road, a declivity of lawn, trees, and beds of flow-
ers fronting it.      To the right and behind is quite
an orchard, a profusion of apples lying among the
dead leaves on the grass.     In the rear, past a
space devoted to fruit and vegetables, are the
stables.    Rawlings proposes a ride and saddles
the two horses.     Mine was a splendid fellow who
took me round an adjoining paddock, twice, at full
gallop, as a matter of course, without any intima-
tion of desire on my part.     We then rode out,
through and over Rawlings  acres.     He walked
his animal or rather crawled the whole way, de-
nouncing his saddle; I enjoyed a most exhilara-
ting gallop up the road, down it, across the
fields, down the hollows and into the timber.  The
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page forty-four
Description:Describes his visit to the Rawlings family.
Date:1862-10-25
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Elmendorf, Unadilla (Rawlings); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Rawlings; Rawlings, Augustus; Rawlings, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[Tivoli, New York]
Scan Date:2010-10-18

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" at New Orleans, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; boarding house living; a visit to the Rawlings family; a fight with Mr. Blankman at his boarding house; his journey on the North Star with the Banks expedition; the re-occupation of Baton Rouge by Union forces; a visit to a sugar plantation in Louisiana; and Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Thomson's death.
Subject:African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Publishers and publishing; Transportation; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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.