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has delayed putting it on stone so long, that this anti-
cipation has occurred.     At present a day and half s
work would have completed Sol s drawing.        Saw
Stone at the Mountain House.  Less fantastic in general
getting up, otherwise not changed.    Says he s sold
plenty of copies of the drawing, and gave Haney and
myself one each.          But few fashionables at the
Mountain House now, some score, or less.     On to
the Falls.            Schmitt has a young bear cub   one of
the recently taken in the mountains   accommodated in
an open pen, adjacent to the house, where he con-
ducts himself after his nature, sitting up on his
hams and gazing with stupid patience at visitors as they
pat him or volunteer contributions.               Below the
second fall there has been a land-slide, rather mar-
ring the beauty of the little pools and cascades   this
one of the many disastrous results of the recent storm.
The stream, too, has so increased in volume that there
is no necessity for damming up and turning on the
water, as heretofore.           We staid an hour or so,
had cake and milk-punches and then left.          Schmitt
talked depreciatory of Stone, said he has sold by
four of his pictures (at the Laurel House) and
spoke of Webb and Welden.       Miss Ann, Sally,
Haney, Jack and I were rowed across the lake,
the carriage awaiting us on the other side.   Tis a
pretty lake, surrounded, to its margin with trees.
Got back to Palenville by 6.           The four before
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page fifty-two
Description:Describes a visit to the Mountain House at the Catskills.
Subject:Catskill Mountains (N.Y.); Edwards, Ann; Edwards, John; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Schmitt, Peter; Stone, B.G.; Travel; Webb (reporter); Welden, Charles
Coverage (City/State):Palenville, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight
Description:Includes descriptions of the process of publishing his book, ''The Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses;'' his poor mental state upon returning to New York from England; meeting Walt Whitman; visits with Fanny Fern, James Parton, and Harriet Jacobs' daughter Louisa who is living with them; a visit to the Catskill Mountains with the Edwards family; moving into the boarding house at 132 Bleecker Street; working on the publication ''European'' with Colonel Hugh Forbes; the death of publisher William Levison and his daughter Ellen in his boarding house; visiting the scene of the murder of a dentist to get a sketch of the suspect; visiting Newport, Rhode Island, on assignment to sketch for Frank Leslie; and the death of his brother-in-law, Joseph Greatbatch.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Medical care; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Newport, Rhode Island
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.