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the foot of Jay Street, to see Roberts off for Sing-Sing, to a
 Camp-Meeting  there holden, at which his wife was.     He
solicitous of mine & Swintons company.   The boat not started,
more imbibition.    Boat started without him, whereat he seemed 
more pleased than otherwise & after more imbibition, we went
to the depot of the Hudson R R.     Determining of seeing a
Camp Meeting  I got aboard too, and off we go, along the Hudsons
margin, the carriages being crowded within we sit outside.  Past
Yonkers & Barry-town, (the railroad clang waking up the echoes
of Sleepy Hollow,)  and to Sing Sing.  Great concourse of
people there, thither brought by the Spiritual Concourse.  Divers
stage drivers to the Camp Ground, but missing them during
the operations of face washing & imbibition, they having started,
strolled by the river side, where Roberts must needs go a boating.
But the wind dying away we only progressed some thirty yards,
circumnavigated a dock  & came back again.        Into a vehicle
with some three others,  all uphill road, nigger-song singing
with exhilarant chorusses to the Camp Ground.      Arrived there,
a slight shower of rain having fallen, it was rather muddy under-
foot.    Large tents about, a great crowd, tall trees &
katy dids & locusts inhabiting them.   Noises of singing, of
preaching & praying.       In each of the tents there were
groups all engaged divers fashion.        Two or three men
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page thirty
Description:Describes attending a ''Camp Meeting'' with Roberts.
Date:1852-09-03
Subject:Camp meetings; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Prayer; Railroad; Railroad travel; Religion; Roberts; Roberts, Mrs.; Songs; Swinton, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Yonkers, [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.