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between the intersected branches form a mosaic
worthy of blessing Heaven for the privilege of looking
on   sunlight all around.        Rambled on, by
cottages, through lanes, then up little hills, and
by the water side again.      Intending to return by
the next steamer we were progressing thither, when
at the end of a sort of rudely built stone pier were
four or five men just about to start off a certain 
rough looking  perry-auger  as they call it. (May
be the right word in from the Mexico-Indian  pirougue )
So, at Roberts suggestion, we asked them whether they
wanted any  live ballast , and in five minutes were
scudding across the broad bright bay at a speed
distancing any race-horse conceivable.    They took
us to Gowanus, where after making them drink,
we set off for Brooklyn, and arrived there,
rather tired with out ramble.  Must have done
8 or 9 miles during the day.   Had a stew
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and thirty-two
Description:Describes a trip to Staten Island with Mr. Roberts.
Date:1852-05-30
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leisure; Nature; Roberts; Staten Island (New York, N.Y.)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
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.