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this July four years back a young fellow stumbling from the edge went crashing
on to rock and pool below, broken limbs and contusions the result,
albeit he survived the injuries.        /         To the foot of the lower
fall, and there all four seated on a monstrous boulder of rock lying
half athwart the stream, beside a rustic bridge, we gazed upwards 
for a good hour or twain,  Waud & Dillon sketching the spot.
  The little Shanty above, with pole and pendulous basket (for the
purpose of lowering eatables to below,)  looked small enow.   Anon
visitors, ten, twelve or more, both men & women, (being a party from
the Mountain House.)    And the water was let on, increasing the
little stream perhaps ten-fold, adding mightily to its beauty. Pre-
sently we commence progress down the river s bed, stepping now
from stone to stone, now on planking and drift wood, (with which
it would seem there had been intent to choke the stream,) now on
fallen pines and cedars, from the cliff path above.    Devious progress
was it, and hot withal.      At length we mount the path, and
soon overlook another Fall, pretty enough. three or four broad
or narrow jots of white water plashing down from no great heighth.    I &
Mr Hart bathe in the pool at their foot,  Dillon & Waud having
preceded us.      Also we have a notable shower bath, and the
bright July Sun shining in all his glory an Iris is formed,
so that I stood encircled by a Saint-like halo,   a nimbus of
exquisite colors.         Back, through a forest path, skirting the
stream on the right, and at length up those pitilessly steep ladder
stairs to the house by 3 o clock.      Being ravenously hungry did
justice to dinner.      Talk awhile afterwards.     Dillon & Waud
off again.     I went up stairs, read awhile then dozed.        After
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page fifteen
Description:Describes a walk through the Catskill Mountains.
Date:1853-07-05
Subject:Catskill Mountains (N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Mapother, Dillon; Nature; 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.