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			July 1853.
  4.  Monday.  Rose  at 4 1/2 after a sleepless night;
a sick restlessness  combined with a continuous rain-storm
and the pyrotechnic poppings, bangings and clamor of pat-
riotic juveniles barring repose.   Finished preparation, stuck
inscription on door and with carpet-bag sallied forth, the rain
having ceased.     More folk about than want at such an early
hour,  certain bands hurrying up  Broadway, fifes squeaking
villainously and drums recieving any conceivable amount of per-
sonal chastisement.       To Vesey Street, mounted aloft and
tarried till Waud had completed dressing, then both out,
and directing our course to the North River, breakfasting
at an adjacent tavern on coffee-and dough-nuts by the way.
Aboard the  Francis Skiddy  and soon found Mr Hart &
Dillon Mapother.   Together on the boats top,  having freed
ourselves of baggage encumbrances.    7 o clock, and after some
delay we are off, the day waxing finer with every mile we
progress up the noble Hudson.    Of the  wonders and delights of
that renowned river   little beseems it that. I should essay a
feeble ink track after Washington Irving,  notheless I must
put down what beauty-shadows haunt my memory touching it.
A nightly continuous wall of rock palisades, verdure clad en
the summit, then bare sheer descent for a space, and embowering
copse and shrubbery to the waters edge.      Long slopes of
luxuriant summer land, bold bluff and huge round topped
mountain, sky and sunlight, great golden edged continents
of cloud land floating above, their shadows chequering with
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page nine
Description:Describes the scenery on a trip up the Hudson on the ''Francis Skiddy'' to the Catskill Mountains.
Date:1853-07-04
Subject:Fourth of July; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Irving, Washington; Mapother, Dillon; Nature; Travel; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Vesey Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; Louisiana
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.