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to live the year out, wants medical attendance, (and has it;) &
is perpetually disproving the truth of all this, to all eyes save
to Heylyns. /         Just such a result as might have been an-
ticipated from such a marriage.
   I ve a great temptation to enlarge here, but resist it. Heylyn s
my host for the time and is   a good humored fellow   when
he has his own way.
  2. Sunday.   In doors all the sleety winter s day. Made
two drawings on wood for  Picayune. 
  3.  Monday.   To the town in the  buggy ;  sent off blocks,
to Post Office, out into the country where Heylyn had to pur-
chase corn for the horse,   to the stable;  back to dinner;
indoors drawing in the afternoon,  a water-color sketch of the  Butter-
milk Falls  for Heylyn.           To the town on foot with Heylyn
at night, he having to attend an  Odd Fellows  meeting, I tar-
ryed in a store, read the local papers, or listened to the talk
of the three or four idlers who assembled round the huge wood-
burning stove /.          I can t admire your rustics either at home
or abroad.       Their ideas run slowly in the narrowest of chan-
nels,  are all of a class.      They talk the dullest of common-
place, spiced with the ring of dollars.    They are slow to
comprehend; they use  damnable iteration ,  saying the
same thing over and over again to infinite weariness.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and twenty-three
Description:Describes his visit to Le Roy and the Heylyns.
Subject:Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Heylyn, Liz; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Le Roy, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07


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.