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supper talking, gazing out from the little overhanging shanty at 
the ravine below, & general fraternization.
  6.  Wednesay.  Down below the Falls before breakfast.  After
Dillon off with a party of three or four, for shooting; Waud
off with artists sketching; I & Mr Hart to the Mountain
House.       Through forest paths, by a small lake, past a de-
serted sawmill; where trees & flavoring underwood hemmed us
in with sylvan beauty, wild strawberries in the grass, huge daisies
and butter cups, & a beautiful flower on a bush much like
unto a moss-rose, the Kalmia   Sweet scents on the air, sunlight & glad
sky, and great mountains all around,   we are in the heart
of the Kaatskills.       Arrived at the Mountain house, we take
cigars and each to the rocky esplanade behind it, where stretched
at ease we survey as  glorious a prospect as ever gladdened prophet s
eye on Pisguh.         Sheer down below us are trees   trees below
trees.      Little words, great forests, fields of rye & corn, and
here and there a house.      The Hudson, and hills far away.
The vastness of the prospect belittles description.          So grand,
so peaceful, so lovely, no cooking care or trouble left in the
gazers nature.   How long have I been away from New York?
Methinks an abysm of time divides us, yet tis but three days.
Back, meeting Dillon & others by the way.      Dined, this day
at an hour past noon.   Dillon & rest present, he having shot a
hare.        Afternoon, I set off alone, down the fall, & through
the leafy, rocky forest path to the lower fall, scene of yesterdays
bathing, and repeated it singly.      Supper over & Waud &
the two artists returning it was suggested to all descend to the basin
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page sixteen
Description:Describes a walk with Mr. Hart to the Mountain House in 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.