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			  August 1852.
  1. Sunday.   Uprose, after making one sound nap of all the night.
And now for a glance round the room.  Imprimis it was snugly carpet-
ted to the feet, and the sides hidden by paper and curtains.   The bed
was under an arched space made to recieve it, deeply curtained, portly-
pillowed   a perfect shrine for  Morpheus or Eclympasteire, that was the
God of Sleep his heire.      Five or six Chinese paintings, of river
scenery, fort and harbour, pales driven across streams to repel red-haired
barbarians &c     all of merit, perspective respected & well painted.
Books, Dickens words with others in plenty.  Table spread with dague-
rrotypes.   Haydon & his wife &c. Looking glass decorated atop by some
pretty dependent, willow looking summer creeper.   Other prints gaily co-
lored.   And a snug rocking chair to repose in & contemplate going to
bed in this exceedingly comfortable chamber of a Genessee farmer.
Up, extensive washing at the rear of the house with bucket & well
water.     Breakfast, ambrosial bacon, cakes, preserved fruits, pickles
&c, then out with Homer, his father and another son looking abroad.
In the wheat fields   they had got their crops in.  Looking at the various
machines in use, thrashing machines, &c, wheat cutting &c.  In barn
and about fields, then walked back with Homer to his house, at
a few hundred rods from his fathers.   Just a log-hut outside, 
humble enow to look at, snug enough within.   What is noticeable
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page five
Description:Describes his impressions of the room upon waking up in Mr. Hall's house.
Date:1852-08-01
Subject:Books and reading; Farmhouses; Farms; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Alzina; Hall, Elisha; Hall, Haydon
Coverage (City/State):Genesee [County, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, witnessing a fire at a chocolate factory, attending a religious camp meeting, his friendship with Lotty Whytal, the 1852 presidential election, a visit to Niagara Falls in the winter, a visit to Toronto, Canada, and the Crystal Palace in New York.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, New York; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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.