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set of for our twelve-mile ride.     It was so dark along
the wooded roads that, at first, we could go but slowly.
Over rough wooden bridges, skirting patches of forest land,
by slumbering houses, out upon the wild glooming country,
past zig-zag fences and fallen trees.            A halt at a tavern
where we rouse the owner, an Irishman, to fill bottles with
whiskey, performing lively break-downs on the wooden platform
fronting his store, until a light announces his advent.   On again
talks with the Tews, of the Crimean campaign, Sepoys, China-
men, pugilism.    Trees looming up out of the midst, their lower
portions invisible; at length the stars grow paler and there s
a red glare in the east.  Sun s up.       Extremely cold still,
my hairy  talma  and big boots very seasonable.   Arrived at
our destination, Pine Pond.      A farm-house and barns, out-
houses &c, indistinctly-seen water.    Quitting wagon we tum-
ble over some high fences, plunge over a ploughed hill-side
or two and to the boats.   These were the roughest-looking con-
trivanes possible, unpainted, untarred and not at all
water-tight.    There were four of them. George and I had
one, the Tews  took one each, the fourth being occupied by the
rest of our party.       Forthwith we embarked and paddled for
over half a mile to the pond proper, though as wild and
desolate a place as I ve ever looked upon.  Thousands and
thousands of dead trees of every size and shape stood in the
water, while their half or wholly sub-merged trunks re-
dered our paddling a matter of tediousness and difficulty.
Everywhere trees   dead trees.  It was like Phiz s  thriving
city of Eden as it appeared in fact    only ten times more so.
In the raw, dank morning, with white mist half veiling the
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page two hundred and sixteen
Description:Describes a morning excursion to Pine Pond with George Bolton and the Tews.
Subject:Bolton, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Tew, John; Tew, William
Coverage (City/State):[Paris, Ontario]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada
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.