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me.     Whenever I am alone,   am tranquil, sad, meditative
and matagrabolized up springs the Old Story into Life.    And
this night I thought and thought, with such intense fervor that
my teeth would be set & hands clenched with at once mad
sorrow for the irrevocable past, and mad desire to know,
where is she, how is she, how looks her face now? /
  To the farm house, a cigar & bed, Heylyn sharing mine.
  4.  Wednesday.    Up by 5, hasty breakfast, adieux and
off with Heylyn to the village of Byron, where the Express train
paused, after our waiting some fifteen minutes.     Promised writing &
said good bye to Heylyn and off.        Rochester.           A busy and
thriving town.   Into cars for Canadagua, thence into others on
a branch of the Erie Railroad.   Here my return ticket came into use.
At first the day had promised to be sunny and fair, but anon it
came on to rain most dismally.        Fumigating in the baggage cars
with brakemen & conductors.      Elmira about the middle of the day,
which grew wetter as it progressed.        A pause of half an hour or
more.      Dismal people damp and doleful-looking.     Presently the
cars arrived.      Long train,  more dismal people, and all the windows
of the vehicles being closed,   inside they had an atmosphere of al-
most sulphuretted hydrogen savor.           Couldnt stand it.    To the
standing places or baggage cars, till extra carriages were hitched
on.     On and on, no intermission of rain.       Dinner, a
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page twelve
Description:Describes his return train journey to New York.
Date:1852-08-03
Subject:Bilton, Mary; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; New York and Erie Railroad Company; Railroad; Railroad travel; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Byron, [Genesee County, New York]; Elmira, [New York]; Canadaigua, [New York]; Rochester, [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.