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in particular is, that so little attempt is made at pretty little gardens
around the houses.   Weeds grow & all looks wild & intended.   Homer s
wife was within, not very well & asleep on the couch.  Sate talking
& eating currants for an hour or so, then Homer walked back with me
to the house.   In the orchard, he talking of grafting & other agricul-
tural mysteries.   Back to the house, repast   Old Mr Hall not
returning.          Had a long walk through & about the country with
him when he did, at sunset.         The roads run in right angles at
a miles distance from each other.     Genessee is highly cultivated and the
best wheat growing country in the States.   They have brought machinery
into play everywhere, and unless English farmers have, of late years, done
the like, (they may, since the Exhibition,)   Americans are infinitely
ahead of them.    Very peaceful and quiet & the day seemingly thrice
as long as when spent in crowded city.
  2.  Monday.  Out for a ride in  the buggy  with Mr Hall,
a mile or twain along country roads, to  the Store , a sort of Caleb
Quotem establishment, for purchase and sale.  Thither did the
farmers resort to sell their wheat, (to be transported by the close by
railroad to Rochester, thence to New York,) thither they came to
buy tea, sugar, salt fish or the few things they  raise  not on their
own land.      After much talk, more smoking, gossip of  crops ,
and neighbours back we rode, with certain iron-ware  forms for 
Homer, divers salt cod-fish & some sugar.     Having deposited these
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page six
Description:Comments briefly on American agriculture versus English agriculture.
Date:1852-08-01
Subject:Agriculture; Farms; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Alzina; Hall, Elisha; Hall, Homer
Coverage (City/State):[Genesee County, New York]; Rochester, [New York]; New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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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.