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vast Panorama spread out to admire and wonder at.  /  Here
we rejoined Dillon & Waud, & after inquiring start off for
a mile or twain through a forest path to the Falls House.
Pools of water rock bestrewn, masses of fern, wild strawber-
ries in the lush and luxuriant grass, wild flowers of a size 
and beauty unknown to English lanes; and blossoming trees.
Met two folks in carriage, one a burly man who had recently
crossed the Atlantic with Dillon.          Arrived at the Fall s Hotel,
a small, wooden built, cleanly place, and adjacent to it a
little shanty overhanging the Fall to which we, incontinently
proceeded.      A great ravine and heaven-shouldering mountains,
a great curve of rock all framed in by trees and verdure,
and a small stream of water dashing down into the hollow.
So it appeared to us then.     Miles away rose a huge
mountain, its distance indicated by the blue tints swathing
it.          And on either hand great forest-clad mountain sides,
with many mighty skeleton tree trunks rising out of the
verdure.       The edge of the lower fall we could see,
no more.      / It was quite night now.     8 o clock and
a plentiful supper .   There were some five or six folk
present,  one dark haired & young stood with arms folded 
in slightly melodramatic attitude under piazza,  the other 
older looking, both gentlemanly.    A sturdy, good humored
loose white trousered Englishman, bearded, hath lived in Cuba
and travelled much.          And others.              All to bed
early,  Waud & I together.     Room small but cleanly,
shelving roof, and window on the floor.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page thirteen
Description:Describes his journey to the Falls 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.