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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 37, July 4, 1859

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Identifier: DX02963959

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 37, July 4, 1859

Description: Describes a Fourth of July picnic excursion with the Edwards family and friends.



face, her [Matty Edwards'] hair, her dress and feel the sweet poison of love trickle down into his [Charles Honeywell's] very heart. And I thought of my own hopes and fancies long ago, when I wasn't thirty-three years old and didn't live all alone in an attic in a foreign country. Nyack; reaching it by means of another steamer which took us off and on. Mr [Edward] Nichols awaiting us; to his house, white and yshadowed with greene trees, like that of [Geoffrey] Chaucer's Reve. Lavation, discoursive piano-playing, pistol popping, dancing and foraging in the orchard among cherry trees and raspberry bushes. Matty among the latter & anon "Charley." Papa [George] Edwards and Mrs E. [Sarah Edwards] arrived. An hour or so, then set off for the mountain — the Hook, I think they call it. Some of Nichols' children and his wife, with us. Pic-nic on hill side, Hudson below us, pleasentish. Two hours thus, then most of the party save [Jesse] Haney, Mr Edwards & Nichols and myself, off to scale the mountain. I had been plagued by a confounded debilitating diarrhea all day (which lasted) so was well content to remain and try a doze. Straggled up the hill Difficulty, sat on a stone and let the sun burn me, liking it. By and bye back came the stragglers by twos and ones. A warm tramp back to the house, after an incident of a drunken man

coverage:Nyack, New York

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-07-04

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Hudson River (N.Y. and N.J.)
Fourth of July


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