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With two young fellows who chanced to be there we amused ourselves
by pebble throwing to the disturbance, doubtless, of the fish below,
then started off into a close thicket, Mr Hall & one in search 
for Sassafras.       The other being from Le Roy, close by, I question-
ed him about Heylyn, whom I knew had lived there some years,
but scarcely expected to find him still abiding there.  There
was an Englishman who answered that description , hunted &
shot a great deal,   didn t know his name & shouted to his
companion for it.  Heylyn!     /      Finding no sassafras, back
we rambled through the copse, & across field till we descended
the steep banks to below Buttermilk Fall.        It was very
pretty, trees tall canopying us all around, the worn rock
where runs the stream, and big fragments which have tum-
bled over, standing on which we could see the trout darting
about.     Ascent, laboriously.    Buggy again and to Le Roy.
Quite a thriving places, gardens, white private dwelling houses &
shop fronts.      Had a glass at the tavern and inquired Hey-
lyn s whereabouts.    Across a bridge being partially unplanked,
having carefully to tread its [unclear word] over the little stream below.
Heylyn s house.  White wooden building, dogs big and little (,two,)
came out and he himself.                 And very much surprised indeed
was he!       Little altered, save having lost whiskers and moustache
plumper & country looking.   His wife also little changed &
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page eight
Description:Describes seeking out Edward Heylyn's residence in Le Roy.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Elisha; Heylyn, Edward; Heylyn, Liz; Hunting; Leisure; Nature
Coverage (City/State):Le Roy, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.