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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 9, July 4, 1853

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Identifier: DX04023083

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 9, July 4, 1853

Description: Describes the scenery on a trip up the Hudson on the Francis Skiddy to the Catskill Mountains.

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July 1853.

4. Monday. Rose at 4 1/2 after a sleepless night; a sick restlessness combined with a continuous rain-storm and the pyrotechnic poppings, bangings and clamor of patriotic juveniles barring repose. Finished preparation, stuck inscription on door [at 290 Broadway] and with carpet-bag sallied forth, the rain having ceased. More folk about than want at such an early hour, certain bands hurrying up Broadway, fifes squeaking villainously and drums recieving any conceivable amount of personal chastisement. To Vesey Street, mounted aloft and tarried till [Alfred] Waud had completed dressing, then both out, and directing our course to the North River, breakfasting at an adjacent tavern on coffee-and dough-nuts by the way. Aboard the “Francis Skiddy” and soon found Mr [Henry] Hart & Dillon Mapother. Together on the boats top, having freed ourselves of baggage encumbrances. 7 o’clock, and after some delay we are off, the day waxing finer with every mile we progress up the noble Hudson. Of the “wonders and delights of that renowned river” little beseems it that. I should essay a feeble ink track after Washington Irving, notheless I must put down what beauty-shadows haunt my memory touching it. A nightly continuous wall of rock palisades, verdure clad en the summit, then bare sheer descent for a space, and embowering copse and shrubbery to the waters edge. Long slopes of luxuriant summer land, bold bluff and huge round topped mountain, sky and sunlight, great golden edged continents of cloud land floating above, their shadows chequering with

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-07-04

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Fourth of July
Diaries
Nature
Travel
Holidays
Rivers
Transportation
Catskill Mountains (N.Y.)
Steamboats
Food
Coffee
Hudson River (N.Y. and N.J.)

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