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Roberts we set off together          As lovely a day
as ever made lover or poet s heart throb with gladness.
A fresh breeze, ever present sunlight & blue sky.
The boat crowded.      Arrived, (at another port
than when with Barth,)  a long lane passed, we enter
the domain of  the Pagoda ,  occupied by two of Swin-
tons brothers .   There, sitting on the Piazza,
trees all around, and holiday groups, we imbibed
 lemon soda  &c  and had a contemplative smoke.
Saw the paternal Swinton.   Two hours or more
having passed away, we wandered through the
copse and wood at the rear of the building, some
times hearing the chatter of a squirrel on the top of
the tall trees; sometimes coming upon a little
bright pool of water, still and quiet, where the
verdure of the surrounding trees would be mirrored
with deeper and more surpassing richness than above,
and the intense, un-paintable azure of heaven 
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and thirty-one
Description:Describes a trip to Staten Island with Mr. Roberts.
Subject:Barth, William; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leisure; Nature; Roberts; Staten Island (New York, N.Y.); Swinton, Alfred; Swinton, Sr.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four
Description:Includes descriptions of looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, boarding house living, visits to Mrs. Kidder and her daughter Lotty, the start of the ''Lantern'' publication and joining the ''Lantern Club,'' attending a ball on Governors Island, attending a lecture by E. H. Chapin, visits to Staten Island, and a visit to Niagara Falls.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, 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.