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recognized me, but would not have done so had not he descanted
upon my appearance when last he saw me in Jersey.     Supped
with them, then Mr Hall took his departure, Heylyn insisting
I must stay there that night & next day.       Out with him, he
having to attend an Odd Fellow Lodge, being Secretary.  Through
the town with him, wherein my beard & sombrero provoked considerable
staring.      Heylyn introducing me every where.    A contrast this
quiet country life in a corner of New York state, for a  fast 
young Londoner,  who spent overmuch of his substance in riotous
living.    And for some 6 or 7 years too.   He save for a certain
stove peddling enterprize in Michigan, hath done nothing but  hunt, 
& amuse himself, which last he could but ill effect, especially
in winter.       He was flurried at my arrival, considered it a
special act of Providence, in the way of poking him up to do some-
thing.    Says he ll learn Surveying,   encouraged him in it. After
leaving me some half hour in the book-sellers store of the main
Street, Heylyn returned, and after imbibition we returned
though by a different route, as the bridge was unsafe after a shower
of rain such as had occurred during the time I waited for him.
At his house again, sitting in his best parlor, talking with
him and his wife.   Of old Beazleyian times & cronies.   Bye
the bye he had framed in the room a certain water color drawing
of the interior of Rochester Castle by Papa Foulon;  which
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page nine
Description:Describes his visit with Edward Heylyn, including the town of Le Roy.
Subject:Beazley, Samuel; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Elisha; Heylyn, Edward; Heylyn, Liz; Hunting
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.