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a fellow who had been in California told us divers stories touching
grizzly bears,   the most formidable carnivore this continent
can boast of.       To room about 10, & scoring up to day s
doings,  Waud in bed & having just knocked the lamp down
by turning over in s sleep, thereby greasing book & intimating
it s time for my going to bed, the which I shall do incontinently.
  10.  Sunday.   A fine continuous rain falling, presenting the
mountain scenery under a new aspect.   All down the ravine
below the Fall great clouds of smoke-like mist hover, or are slowly
moving blotting out the distant mountains, and showing in strong relief
the trees in the foreground.     One of our Artist acquaintances appears,
having journeyed from the Clove.        To the foot of the Fall with
him, Dillon being there.  A party of folk from the mountain
House also.   Water let on the Fall.               The morning wore on,
Waud & Dillon chopped down a rotting hemlock on the cliff banks.
Dinner.           With the two for a little space into the wood by
the road-side, Waud sketching, I & Dillon making a fire,
& nearly succeeding in burning down a young hemlock.   Rain increasing.
To the house, doze & supper.        Evening, sitting out on the little
piazza fronting the house fumigating and conversing, all four of us,
& some three others, one the returned Californian.      Stories told,
of bears, sharks, alligators, rattlesnakes, of Chinamen and of the
Sandwich Islanders.        Californian had lived in the Pacific isles
for three months, & had much to tell of the people.
  11.  Monday.  An hour after breakfasting, after divers farewell
drinks (concocted  by the Californian,) we set off for return to New
York.     All walked down to the Clove, and bathed at the fall
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page twenty
Description:Describes hearing stories from a man who had lived in California and the Pacific islands.
Date:1853-07-09
Subject:Catskill Mountains (N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; 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.