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to us, giving us back our own information  with ill-contrived
circumstantial lies of his own.       Also he charged me sixpence
for a minimum glass of milk, the which I could have gotten
in New York for a cent.      Wherefore I set him down as
a humbug and an Imposition, albeit he did come out &
sweep a flat stove, giving us the information that it was  old
Rip Van Winkle s bed.        Anon came Waud & Dillon
from the rear.       We had passed them, & they had not
yet reached this shanty.       Coach came.    We all walked
on,   Mr Hart & I leisurely,  Dillon & Waud out-speed
ing us.       Suddenly the trees on our left ceased for a short
space,  and then from the mountain side  what a view had
we!       Far far down below, trees above trees, rye and barley
fields,   the Hudson like a white streamlet winding onwards,
and beyond that for miles away.           Trudging along,
steeper yet the path becomes, and at length we sit and
await the carriage.     Enter it and onwards,  keen faced
man is communicative  touching a bear he chased for two
days four years ago.    Tangled curls has the bough with
clustering cherries on  t      I gave her time back, 
(the which of course she took sans acknowledgment,) and
munches  em quietly.        The Mountain House.       A
spacious, handsomely built wooden hotel, on the very brow
and summit of the mountain.        Passing through it, we
stand on a broad esplanade in its rear.     And then, the
glorious burst of rich beauty, albeit waning light dimmed
its detail.      Far as the eye could see, all around, one
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page twelve
Description:Describes his journey to the Mountain House at the Catskill Mountains.
Subject:Catskill Mountains (N.Y.); Hart; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mapother, Dillon; 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.