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I recollected right well to have been present at the doing of.
Talking till 11 or so, then to bed, Heylyn and his wife
in their own chamber, myself in one adjoining it.
  3. Tuesday.     After breakfasting, with Heylyn to a certain stable
where he kept horse & vehicle, he busying himself with the latter,
(which looked very neat, being recently fresh painted.)   Back to the
house with him   & presently we were trotting out behind his horse
over the country roads at a brisk pace.      Talk of his projects of
acquiring Surveying &c.  An hour or so, and then after a devious
forest path, tying the horse we descend deep into a woody dell,
which for picturesque beauty could scarcely be equalled.   Tall trees
high overhead, the interlacing branches and verdure almost veiling the
unclouded azure of the blessed firmament above.      Trees and bushes
and flowers all around, unbroken quiet save for the chirp of
a bird, or buzz of a brief lived summer insect.          Return in
the afternoon, a meal, and then bidding adieu to Mrs Heylyn,
off side by side with Heylyn in the  waggon  for Mr Hall s. There
we arrived at about half an hour after sunset.        Supped & then
with Mr Hall out for an evenings walk.        Homer was not there,
having been all day long thrashing.    (Bye the bye, in our talk of
the folk at Canal Street, he told me of a circumstance which con-
verts extreme suspicion into nasty certainty about little Mrs Dobson
& Tilton.      How he, Homer, accidentally walking into her room
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page ten
Description:Describes his visit with Edward Heylyn and his return to Mr. Hall.
Subject:Agriculture; Boardinghouses; Farms; Dobson, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Elisha; Hall, Homer; Heylyn, Edward; Heylyn, Liz; Horses; Nature; Tilton
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; [Genesee County, New York]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street
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.