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there with Mr Royal & Bush and boy Jack to the Harlem
Railroad.    Standing room only   & little of that some fifteen
persons being crowded on to the space fitting for five.   This how-
ever was remedied when we reached the place where steam
supplants horse power.    Rattled over twelve miles space, &
descended at Fordham, just past Morrisiana.  A projected village,
the streets and avenues in projection laid out across farm &
tillage land.    Trees up-torn or hewn down, fair orchards
defaced   all indications of the coming village.  Some how
there was regret produced by the scene   homesteads & fire-
sides are pleasant enow to imagine, but then there s the
attendant vulgarisms of Civilization.  Nature is never vulgar,
never jars with the mind or offers uncomeliness to the eye.
  We clambered across an orchard, thickly studded with well-
laden apple-trees   (helping ourselves freely,)  over field & fur-
row, getting hickory-nuts &c, at length reaching the piece
of ground Royal & Bush have purchased. A partially
triangular spot, well located, one side taking in what may
be an entire block.        Rambled about   it was a lovely
afternoon, pure gentle clear atmosphere & sunlight   & by
5 or so returned through thicket & path to Morrisiana,
lower or upper   I forget which.   Railroad cars & back
again to New York.        Royal quitting us at Canal
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page fifty-five
Description:Describes a visit to Morrisiana to see land purchased by Frank Royal in the projected village.
Date:1852-09-26
Subject:Bush; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Railroad travel; Royal, Frank
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street
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.