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  5.  Tuesday.   Up, (after sound sleep all night)  by 5 1/2.
Out to the little streamlet in the thicket with Waud &
Dillon designing a bathe.     The shallow little steam was
all choked with rocks;  but after following it for some
five minutes we came to a spot where lavation was practicable.
How fresh, how deliciously cold was that morning s dip! The
calm pure solemn sunlight shone high on the tree tops, the
little brook gurgled and rippled amid the huge stones, rain-
drops from last nights storm sparkled on the leaves of hickory, oak
and maple, luxuriant and beautiful ferns grew all around,
and there were flowers, blossoms and greenery all around. Below
we came upon a pod where the water was damned up till such
time as the advent of a sufficient number of visitors to the little
Shanty over hanging the Fall, justified the elder Schutte, (father
of our landlord, and a mountain-bred communicative old man,) in
letting the waters on.      Breakfast being over, we all descend to
the depths of the Fall, at first winding along the cliff to the right
among the tall trees, then down steep ladder staircases and rocky
foot path skirting the mountain s side, till we stand at the foot
of the first fall.      A huge semicircle of rock arching over, a 
little streamlet plashing down to a depth of 180 feet, partly
breaking against a great projecting ledge halfway above.    Any amount
of timber strewn about hiding rock and stream, partly carried down
by freshets from a dismantled sawmill, partly hurled down for
the delectation of visitors.    High up and all around tall trees
and rocks.      Below is the lower fall, some 80 feet in
depth, the water ruffled and rippled by projecting rock.   Down
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page fourteen
Description:Describes a walk through the Catskill Mountains.
Date:1853-07-05
Subject:Catskill Mountains (N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mapother, Dillon; Nature; Schutte; Schutte, Sr.; Travel; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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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.