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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 10, July 4, 1853

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Identifier: DX04023980

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 10, 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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a sober beauty the laughing earth and water below. Farther on yet up the river. Leaping fish and a swift gyrating bird or so. The “Highlands,” high bluffs, mountain rising above mountain; — at every wind and turn of the Hudson some new panorama of tranquil delight is out-spread. West Point, with fellows bathing, or watching us from the banks, where they undergo strict drill for sucking salamanders in the U.S. service. We stop at Po’keepsie, and another and larger town, the name of which I recollect not. Wooden frame houses, barks and boats, clean streets, white churches and publish buildings, and fellows firing off a cannon in honor of the day. On again; — an hour past noon, and we descend to dinner. That completed we are at Catskill, Kaatskill or Kanterskill, for ‘tis spelled all three ways. Debarkation, and baggage being stowed in each for the “Mountain House” I and Mr [Henry] Hart ascend to either side of the driver, and are driven some three minutes space into the village, where the coach halts at a tavern door and we do the like for two tedious hours. Meantime Dillon [Mapother] & [Alfred] Waud holding to their intention of walking up the mountains have tramped on under the burning sun-blaze. I doze awhile, look around, notice precociously sassy boys reviling a partially inebriated nigger, other boys letting off crackers fitfully, greatly to the terror of the horses attached to our vehicle. There are a small posse of young men, brown, thin and sinewy-looking indulging in the exciting pastime of dragging a small cannon hither and thither, and firing

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-07-04

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Transportation
Rivers
Hudson River (N.Y. and N.J.)
Steamboats
Fishes
African Americans
Mountains
Children
Catskill Mountains (N.Y.)
Fourth of July
Diaries
Armed Forces
Nature
Travel
Holidays

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