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a thousand years after I m dead and forgotten.
Returned, not feeling well, at all.    Tried to dine,
lay on bed, then having paid the old lady off with
carpet bag to the depot, and off for Buffalo   In 
extreme pain, insomuch that I had to go out between
the cars, sit down and vomit excessively   then
felt relieved, though weak.     Arrived at Buffalo.
Got in a hack carriage and to the Rochester dep t.
After a dismal hour or so in the sitting room,
fell asleep on a sofa, my head on carpet bag.
Off by the cars, and for some twenty miles or
so, getting down at Byron, a little place, of
non import, save that the Railroad passes it.
Inquired for  Elisha Hall , got direction and
with carpet bag along a country road, the sun
setting behind me.  Three long miles, passing
divers houses, but no wayfarers.  Then I ar-
rived at a neat wooden frame house, painted red,
snugly embowered in front by bushes & creepers.
Walked in, tapped & Mr Hall opened the door.
He knew me in a second   was 
surprised & well pleased.   So too was Homer,
when he came in, very brown, and rather hairy.
There were Mrs Hall, two or three other 
boys & three girls.              Gave me some new
milk, bread, butter, cakes, preserves and other
 fixins , we sat talking till nigh upon 10, then
to bed, in such a comfortable bed that I never
experienced its equal, except at Chacombe.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page two hundred and thirteen
Description:Describes going to Byron, New York, in search of Mr. Hall and his family.
Date:1852-07-31
Subject:Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Elisha; Hall, Homer; Hall, Mrs.; Niagara Falls (N.Y.); Railroad; Railroad travel; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Niagara, New York]; Genesee [County, 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.