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a spacious, well furnished basement, a cheerful
fire burning, and decanters on table.   Mr Charles
and a young fellow there only, the latter of
whom left soon.     So I took a cigar and a
glass of madeira, and talked awhile, then
at his suggestion accompanied him out for a 
drive in a chaise of his possessing,   the horse
a comfortable fast trotting fellow yclept Jack.
Through and around Hoboken, Durham, and
Bergen   a pleasant ride surely.   The trees
looked bare and brown, few buds and fewer leaves,
but all had its peculiar beauty.      Sometimes we d
skirt the rock path, looking down across flat marsh
or thicket on to the broad Hudson,   sometimes
in land, passing through quiet thickets, where
the tall bare copsewood margined the way, in
dim, hazy, brown, sombre beauty.   Some-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page ninety-seven
Description:Describes a visit to Mr. Charles at Hoboken.
Date:1852-04-25
Subject:Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Horses; Leisure; Nature
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Hoboken, [New Jersey]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four
Description:Includes descriptions of looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, boarding house living, visits to Mrs. Kidder and her daughter Lotty, the start of the ''Lantern'' publication and joining the ''Lantern Club,'' attending a ball on Governors Island, attending a lecture by E. H. Chapin, visits to Staten Island, and a visit to Niagara Falls.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, New York
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.