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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 231, October 16-17, 1858

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Identifier: DX03596479

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 231, October 16-17, 1858

Description: Describes a visit to the Strongs and the Eldredges at Elmira, New York.


about England as agent to a large cloth-buying establishment in New York, lived in London, visited Paris, and returned to his native country with a high estimate of “the old country.” He is a rich man — owns land and houses in Elmira, lends money on mortgages &c. Returned and to bed in a very handsome chamber.

17. Sunday. Mr Eldredge arrived after breakfast. What a lovely drive we had that lovely autumnal Sunday morning! The soft Indian-summer like aspect of the distant mountains, the bright river, the neat white houses, smiling fields and beautiful tints of the woods — the sweet pure country air — to be amidst all this was in health and strength, was to bless God for existence, and to love all human kind. My companion was a kindly gentleman who has taken to this farming life principally from sheer disgust at what he was exposed to during his official position on Randall’s Island. To the farm-house — a handsome, comfortable, wooden one, with books and other necessities of cultivated, civilized people. Jenny [Eldredge] was about and active enough. She had forgotten “Mr Dunn” as she used to call me, but we soon established a new friendship. As Jenny frankly acknowleged that she didn’t want to go to church, I with Mr and Mr Eldredge set out for it. Not very far, by the road side — a plain building consisting of a single room. Wagons and other vehicles were hitched up outside, and some of the congregation — particularly the boys — loitered there too, as the service had not yet commenced. Entering, Mrs Eldredge parted from us. The women sat on one side,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-10-16

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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