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which, according to an ingenious Yankee Custom, which-might
with advantage be adopted in England, was straw placed, had
a comfortable, substantial tread.      An English Piano, books, pictures
&c,   all things fitting.    Swinton is everyway 
different from his partner, red-headed &
lecherously talking Fay.      /        Through the garden, looking at
the beehives    &c, then off with Barth for a ramble in the
interior of the island.     Along a road & right into the woods
                                      Where the trees were green
                               And the winds were soft & low
                              Lying amid some sylvan scene
                              Where the long drooping boughs between
                               Shadows dark & sunlight sheen
                                        Alternately come & go.
Thus idling the day long, till waxing hungry we sought
the road & anon encountered two boys.   A precocious, a
presumptive, an ill mannered boy was one, having an overpowering
idea of the virtues & ferocity of his dog.      This boy did we
mystify exceedingly by extensive doses of chaff, feigning him to be
a savage inhabitant of the isle, & offering wild suggestions as
to his mode of life.      Indeed at my supposition, that the contents
of a neighbouring field were a flourishing crop of broom handles,
so moved was he that he threatened to   jump up & hit
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page thirty-four
Description:Describes a visit to Staten Island with William Barth.
Date:1852-09-05
Subject:Barth, William; Children; Dogs; Fay; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leisure; Nature; Staten Island (New York, N.Y.); Swinton, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.