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a sober beauty the laughing earth and water below.  Farther
on yet up the river.    Leaping fish and a swift gyrating
bird or so.      The  Highlands ,  high bluffs, mountain
rising above mountain;   at every wind and turn of the
Hudson some new panorama of tranquil delight is out-
spread.     West Point,  with fellows bathing, or watching
us from the banks, where they undergo  strict drill for sucking
salamanders in the U.S. service.          We stop at Po keep-
sie, and another and larger town, the name of which I
recollect not.    Wooden frame houses, barks and boats, clean
streets, white churches and publish buildings, and fellows
firing off a cannon in honor of the day.        On again;    an
hour past noon, and we descend to dinner.    That completed
we are at Catskill,  Kaatskill or Kanterskill, for  tis
spelled all three ways.     Debarkation, and baggage being
stowed in each for the  Mountain House     I and Mr Hart
ascend to either side of the driver, and are driven some
three minutes space into the village, where the coach halts at
a tavern door and we do the like for two tedious hours.
Meantime Dillon & Waud holding to their intention of walking
up the mountains have tramped on under the burning sun-blaze.
I doze awhile,  look around, notice precociously sassy boys
reviling a partially inebriated nigger, other boys letting off
crackers fitfully, greatly to the terror of the horses attached
to our vehicle.   There are a small posse of young men,
brown, thin and sinewy-looking indulging in the exciting pastime
of dragging a small cannon hither and thither, and firing
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page ten
Description:Describes the scenery on a trip up the Hudson on the ''Francis Skiddy'' to the Catskill Mountains.
Subject:Catskill Mountains (N.Y.); Fourth of July; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Mapother, Dillon; Military; Nature; Travel; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.