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acquaintance by the road side, in the way.     A mile or so, past
a Sawmill & the stream growing more picturesque as we advance,
at length reached a little village, some  ville  or other.   Then
descending into the rivers bed, we return up stream, progressing
from rock to rock.    This presently became difficult if not dangerous.
For there was clinging to mossy rock, scrambling over smooth shelving
boulders, and stepping across little chasms where a stumble would
have resulted in broken limbs and a headlong plunge into the water.
And there was steep climbing up and precipitous leaping down, gingerly
passing over slimy rock, till we got to the Saw Mill, many
pretty little breaks and falls having been passed by the way.  Mr
Hart had disappeared, having gone on ahead.   Dillon & I clam-
bered up the internals of the sawmill, while doing it at the water
being let on, and rushing & raging at a great rate, turning a
very small wheel & sawing wood above.    Waud joined us, &
on we tramp under a blazing sun, sometimes tarrying to pluck
a few wild strawberries that grew blushing through the grass by
the road side, sometimes for a vest.       Reached the Hotel
by 3, hungry enow.      Dined, & tarried in-doors till supper
time, a mild Summer rain driving down amid the green
world without.   Reading, talking & reposing.        A pop down
at the fall at night, & talking with landlord Schutte.
Washington Irving being here some twelve years back had intima-
ted that the glen below was the one described in Rip Van
Winkle.     To the house again, and divers bear stories, and
one panther one are told about the Catskills.     Bears there
are sans doubt, rattlesnakes plenty & few panthers.     Anon
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page nineteen
Description:Describes a walk to a saw mill in the Catskill Mountains with Mr. Hart, Alf Waud, and Dillon Mapother.
Subject:Books and reading; Catskill Mountains (N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Irving, Washington; Mapother, Dillon; Nature; Schutte; 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.