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To Beach Street, there finding Will letting off crackers
outside the door & the Browns at work within, greatly
to the consternation of the Celtic handmaidens. Lotty, 
her mother &c, others running about.   Breakfast,
rather tumultuously, much badinage and practical
jokes in progress.       That over had to set off alone
with Mrs K,   I not over well pleased at Lotty
staying behind and the prospect of a days tete a tete
with her mother.   But it was pleasant enough.
Took rail at Chamber Street, (after purchasing a 
bottle of sherry, and thus to Hastings, some 6 or 7
miles above Yonkers.  Blazing hot day.   To a certain
orchard and grounds once belonging to Mrs K and husband
plucking raspberries to a great extent, vagabondizing
about till some 3 or so in the afternoon, when we
dined off the contents of the basket, Mrs K rustica-
ting to a chatty, vagabondish extent, climbing
under fences &, very free and easy.         Took the
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and fifty-nine
Description:Describes a day-trip taken with Mrs. Kidder to Hastings near Yonkers.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Fireworks; Fourth of July; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder; Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Kidder, Will; Leisure; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Yonkers, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Beach Street; Chamber Street
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.