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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 213, October 2-4, 1858

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Identifier: DX03581232

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 213, October 2-4, 1858

Description: Describes the autumn scenery in Paris, Ontario.


into the woods — thick and wild enough they were, too. Fire had been in them, and great, blackened tree trunks lay in every sort of picturesque confusion. Fallen trees all covered with moss and decomposing into the rich black vegetable monte from which they sprung, undergrowth, leaves above, around and beneath you, a glory of autumn colors like that I once saw in Kentucky woods around the Mammoth Cave. Here we rambled, or conversed sitting on a fallen tree-trunk, smoking delectably. This land George [Bolton] has some idea of buying. It consists of over 100 acres, mostly cleared — he can get it for 300 [pounds]. It’s owners are two brothers and a sister — half negro half Indian. They must sell being in debt. Back to the house, observing the black squirrels by the way. Dozing, loafing and talking the rest of the day.

3. Sunday. A mornings walk with George, John Conworth and Edwin [Conworth]. To John Tew’s or his brothers — I think the latter. Eating apples, seeing pigs, hounds &c, loafing generally. The country looks very lovely, this beautiful autumn weather. Read “Paul Ferroll” in the afternoon. Talk and a pipe at night. Paris is the nearest place where there’s a church. Only William [Conworth] went to-day. The [Donati] comet splendidly visible at night. I saw it first at Rochester. A broad scimetar-like tail, beautiful and awful to look upon.

4. Monday. To Paris in the wagon with George, John Conworth and [Joseph] Martin. They expected some sort of political meeting was to take place, an M.P. to address the Parisians, but it proved that it wouldn’t come off till the evening. Strolled to the Post-Office, where I got a letter from home and one which George had sent to me, remitted from New York. Met a Mr Peter Gardi-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-10-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Donati comet
Mammoth Cave (Ky.)


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