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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 159, August 16, 1860

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Identifier: DX02756801

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 159, August 16, 1860

Description: Describes having a picnic with the Edwards family and others.

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146

A Mountain Pic-Nic.

for the party. The devious and fatiguing ascent was not improved by the moistness of the soil, for the rains had affected it everywhere, except on the open sunny elevations. Up we toiled, young [Mortimer] Brown constant to Sally [Edwards], Matty [Edwards] availing herself of the arm of the kindly [Carl] Knudsen, I sometimes holding the hand of little Jessie [Edwards], walking with Collard or promiscuously with the others. By half past twelve or later we dined (after Brown and I had gone back a quarter of a miles’ distance for the baskets, abandoned from fatigue, on my challenge.) Collard made lemonade, and esconscing ourselves on rocks, fallen trees or the ground, beside a steep and stony mountain path, stretching upwards at an angle of forty-five degrees, we ate and drank. Anon onwards, across mountaintops commanding fine views, into woods and along bye-paths, to the Snow Hole. A chasm in the mountain of no great depth or extent, the green trees growing thickly above and around it, at the bottom extremity, to which I descended, coolness and a little crumbling ice. They say that ordinarily there is plenty there, and that it had been recently taken away. Loafing here awhile, then “away, away, to the mountain’s brow!” as Joe Greatbatch used to sing. (I won-

coverage:New York

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-08-16

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Picnics
Mountains
Leisure
Nature

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