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in Dog s Hollow; then landlord Schutt & Mr Hart rattled off
in the vehicle for Catskill, leaving Dillon, Waud & myself to
walk it.        Twas a glorious, sunny day, naught sad about it but
the feeling that this pleasant week had come to a close.     Coat over
stick, with open throat and perspiring faces we jogged on, dusty footed.
An hour devoted to raspberry plucking and in cherry trees, divers halts
for resting, steep winding roads, and the tall mountain tops in
our rear, grandly beautiful, peaceful & passionless.  Dillon & Waud
kept ahead of me for the most part .        The day wore on, the 
shadows changed from one side to the other, and we reached Catskill
by 5, there finding Mr Hart & Schutt.     Supped at the
tavern where I & Mr Hart had waited for the couch, & an hour
and a half subsequently were embarked on board the Columbia.   The
Hudson lay lakelike and beautiful in the summers evening.   Great
bales of hay aboard, & passengers increasing at each landing place.
Farewell to the Catskills, rising up in abrupt isolated-looking beauty.
Up rose the crescent moon and rippling beauty of white light rests 
like God s blessing on the waters.          Onwards we plash, setting aloft
in the life-boat, conversing merrily or thoughtfully.      Returning from
securing our berths Mr Hart & myself met N Orr the Engraver.
Anon he joined us, with his child a very pretty, healthy, happy-
faced little girl, who sat quietly listening while we talked, her
innocent face sparkling into a smile when any one looked at her.
  I love children; little girls especially.     And I know not how
 tis, but the older I grew the greater envy I have of the man who
possesses them.          Somehow I m half   no, not resigned,   that
I shall never be, but have half come to regard it
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page twenty-one
Description:Describes his departure from the Catskill Mountains back to New York, and comments on his love of children.
Subject:Catskill Mountains (N.Y.); Children; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Mapother, Dillon; Nature; Orr, Nick; Schutte; Transportation; Travel; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):Catskill, [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.