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as they do, setting my very heart athirst for thee!
     I went back to my room, taking a little food at Erfords,
and then sat up until 2 in the morning, doing a score of things
  9.   Tuesday}      preparing to going off.   Then lay down,
but slept not at all.    Up by 4,  and everything down,
through a street or two of the slumbering city, (not without
thought of what I had seen in these four years space, here;)
and feeling that the time would be when all this present would
be byegone, all, Waud, Boutcher, acquaintances, strugglings,
lovings, New-York journalizings  &c   all off the scene, now
so crowded.        I wonder what Mary Bilton is thinking about
this morning?       /         Aboard the boat, and across to the
Erie Railroad.           I ve travelled this route twice ere this,
so shall say no word about it now.      The day wore on as
usual with its infinite beauties of sunlight variations.       At Hornells-
ville  I branched off for Buffalo, there to the  Mayflower 
steamboat, aboard which I was soon plowing the waters of Lake
Erie.      The boat was densely crowded, and I anticipated
passing the night on six inches of table, as the Steward in-
timated.  But my avocation as  Times Correspondent  which
had effected marvels of civility by the way, failed not here.
It got me a supper and the snuggest of state rooms, while
less happy mortals couldn t purchase the latter at any price.   I
was glad, being very weary.  Five or six hundred miles of
travel and two busy sleepless days proceeding it had tired me
out.    After head washing and cleaning &c    I went to bed
despite singing going on at a piano in the open saloon from
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page fifty-two
Description:Describes his journey by railroad and the steamboat ''Mayflower'' on Lake Erie.
Subject:Bilton, Mary; Boutcher, William; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); New York times.; Transportation; Travel; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Buffalo, [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.