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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 136, August 4-5, 1860

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Identifier: DX02739753

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 136, August 4-5, 1860

Description: Describes a vacation at Grafton, New York, with the Edwards family.



In the Country with the Edwardses.

a man of the name of Collard — [Grafton House] is a pretty spacious, white wooden building, two stories in height, with out-houses, barns &c. Upstairs is a biggish, unfurnished, three-windowed room (in which I, at present sit writing) with a bench running round three sides of it, the fourth being big folding doors, leading to the girls’ [Sally, Matty, and Eliza Edwards’] apartment. This big room has a sort of elevated soda-water counter at one end, designed as an orchestra. From the windows you see an expanse of open hilly country. At the two ends of the room hang framed pictures in oil, of [Carl] Knudsen’s doing — views of the village, involving faithful delineations of detail and execrable execution. Collard the landlord is about 27, a young-looking fellow, has been a baker in New York, also a hack-driver. He has a good-looking wife, and is constable of the district. Rested all the afternoon, in the evening going out for a walk and a row on one of the adjacent ponds. Sally rowed us round it fast, and then I did. A game at whist and all of us singing, in the big room subsequently, and to-bed early.

5. Sunday. A walk with papa [George] Edwards, after Jack [Edwards] and the girls, up the road opposite to the house, all returning in time to go to church. The congregation rustic, the men sitting on one side of the building, the women on the other and in the

coverage:Grafton, New York

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-08-04

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries


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