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of the Fall below & there kindle a mighty fire with the timber
& drift wood .   So after some preparation we set forth, six in
number, one bearing a lantern, and the others indifferently pro-
vided with pine torches, the which they experienced no small difficulty
in keeping in a state of combustion.       Down steep ladder & path
till we stand below the first Fall.     Mr Hart & I go to work
on our own hook, close beside the fall, while the others commence
on a flat rock the other side of the pool.    Our fire blazes
bonnily and leaps, crackles, and roars mightily as we pile plank
on plank pyramidically upon it.      Anon the other pile makes way,
and soon both pyres are raging hotly, rocks cracking with heat,
a huge shower of sparks rising up for 300 feet or more, and
the red glow li quivering in the pool & lighting up the descending
streamlet.      It was a grand scene .  The tall trees tremulous &
stirring in the heated air,  the nether blackness of the fall
below, the rushing, roaring noise of the fierce fires, the rippling
of the water amid rocks and holes, & anon a shout or a
cannon shot from above.    Great arching rock caving around us,
roots of trees, moss & bushes;   a scene that Dante might
have treasured up in his gloomy memory .       Up the rocks
again & to bed by 11.  Put in a new & pleasant room.
  7.  Thursday .  Below the Falls all the morning & down
the stream.     Afternoon writing in doors.     Evening a fire built
at the bottom of the lower fall, the four of our party doing it.
Artits left for the Clove.               /          I have put down this
morning erroneously, memory playing false.   It was passed as follows.
I, Dillon, Waud & Arists all set off down stream, below the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page seventeen
Description:Describes visiting a waterfall at the Catskill Mountains.
Date:1853-07-06
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.