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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 198, July 3, 1857

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Identifier: DX03775016

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 198, July 3, 1857

Description: Describes his journey by boat to Hudson and then Athens to visit Mr. Foster and his parents.


[om]nibus to the North River end of Chamber St, and aboard the "Armenia." Off by 7. Many passengers aboard, probably, like myself, fleeing that national nuisance the celebration of the Fourth. All in cabins and saloons, or under other cover, as it rained unceasingly during the whole day. I spent most of the time in the aft saloon, reading the daily papers. The scenery outside dismal in aspect seen through the driving rain. A concert, vocal and instrumental by two Germans or Italians. Harp, fiddle and opera airs with national songs. Folks were pretty liberal when the elder went round with the hat, and the men deserved it. Dinner at 12 1/2, very welcome and pretty good. Many folks got off at West Point, more at Cattskill. Reached Hudson by 2 3/4 and found Foster awaiting me at the ferry-house. Across to Athens in a row boar with him and another. The river a mile or so wide, the ordinary means of crossing consisting in a miserable, shabby, old "horse boat" which has, mostly, to make a long detour, in consequence of shallowness of water. Athens is a little place, Foster's father's store the store of the village, where everything is sold, from shirts to blacking. It is also the Post Office. The residence is a comfortable wooden house, with big rear garden. Got a kindly welcome from Mrs Foster, went up stairs took a doze and wash, descended to tea. Old Foster a hearty old man, his wife his feminine counterpart, their shopman an intelligent good lookingish young New Yorker. A

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1857-07-03

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Holidays
Fourth of July


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