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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 209, September 27, 1858

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Identifier: DX03577849

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 209, September 27, 1858

Description: Describes his journey to and arrival at Rochester to visit Heylyn.



at my irruption. Conductor came along, wanted ticket. My not having procured one at the depot would cost me $ 3 more — unless I could dart out and procure one at a way-side office where the locomotive was hitched on. This I did. All right, now! A hot day. Breakfasted on my sandwiches and a bottle of Bass’. The Hudson river and rail, pretty familiar glimpses of the latter. Some brief pauses at stations, as Po’keepsie &c. Cars very full. N.Y. papers : got Tribune. View of the old Catskills — little Athens, Hudson. Albany. Across the river by ferryboat, through avenue of hack-drivers into cars again; off, after some delay. Sunny afternoon. Apple-buying where the train stopped for “refreshment.” By 7 1/2 we reach Rochester. No [Edward] Heylyn — consulted address, and to his lodgings, near by. He ill, in bed. Friendly welcome from Mrs H [Liz Heylyn]. Saw Heylyn — looks plump and burly — despondent and floored — thinks he’s going to die (so Mrs H told me) — only a bit of a bilious attack, severe in its way but not dangerous. Talked with Mrs H., after supping, and to bed with a young country fellow, a boarder in the house. He came from near Byron, knew the Halls and told me some news of them. The old man [Elisha Hall] (“Screw Hall” he called him — he is generally known by it, from his invention) has the reputation of being litigious and ingenuous: Homer [Hall] is as wont, and “Captain” [Haydon] Hall — the elder son of the family, who got married at Dobs — is said to be in Australia. More news of former acquaintance. Heylyn says that my respectable cousin [Richard Gunn] has left Rochester and is “butchering” in Batavia, a place some dozen or more miles from it. Dick Gunn’s wife died, previous to

coverage:Rochester, New York

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-09-27

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Railroads
Catskill Mountains (N.Y.)


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