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it off.       An awning attached to a shop front opposite catches fire
from a cracker, and is extinguished.        A bell rings inside the
Tavern, and folks are supposed to be dining.      We are sum-
moned to pay coach fare, and muleted to the amount of $1..25
each.   We take our places (inside the coach this time,) in com-
pany with a brown keen faced American, his wife, (I suppose,)
and a long thin inanely-supercilious faced girl with long tangled
curls   one of their party.     Off we are, with much jolting
and bumping, winding up the mountain.      It is hot, and I
doze again, but am speedily jolted into very wide awakishness.
Up and and onwards, steeper and steeper, mountain rising
far above mountain, the road winding on ever.    Sun light
glancing hotly through the thick trees, and resting in quiet
glory on the sea of verdure far below.     Higher and higher yet,
for miles upwards, with sometimes a pause for resting the
horses.        Some little discursive talk with the other carriage
inmates, and the tangled curls manifest ill bred vapidity and
little insolences in converse with her party.        Some seven miles
being past, half way, there s a halt at a roadside house,
then in again.  Steeper mountain passes.      Mr Hart & I
get out and walk.     Flowers Iris hued, blossoming copse,
and mighty trees, a world of leafy beauty every where.
Verdure heaped on verdure, tree summit surmounting tree-
summit.       Arrived at a little stream running athwart the
path,  a small shanty yclept  Rip Van Winkle s House 
beside.    We inquire of its occupant as to Waud and Dillon,
and the hotel-keeper, a spare brown-faced knave lies,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page eleven
Description:Describes a coach ride up the Catskill Mountains.
Date:1853-07-04
Subject:Books and reading; Catskill Mountains (N.Y.); Fourth of July; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Mapother, Dillon; Nature; Transportation; Travel; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York]
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.