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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 212, May 19, 1860

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Identifier: DX02997150

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 212, May 19, 1860

Description: Describes his fellow passengers in a stage coach in New Jersey.

Transcription:

197

A Country Excursion.

twelve miles distant, the name of which hastily pronounced we at first mistook for Cold Snake and amused ourself [sic] thereon. Fellow passengers, a girl who sat beside me, with rather a pleasant and intelligent countenance, a bonnet in her lap; a grayish-bearded and approbatively colloquial Jersey rustic, who had some acquaintance with her. Behind, two women, one youngish, with a baby, the mother presumably a farmer’s wife, with the usual aggressive self-esteem of American women, which they consider spirited and smart, which is simply brutal, which the men truckle to. T’other woman was a garrulous eder elder who had travelled 1,500 miles out west, where “the sceneries was elegant, though mountaineous,” who had heroically carried off a coffee-cup at a way-side refreshment-station, not being allowed time to drink its contents and who didn’t approve of making acquaintances with strangers — all of which she enlarged upon with much loquacity. Quiet country, scent of moist, loamy earth, anon a smart shower of rain, woods, zigzag fences, fields and white wooden houses. Quite dark presently. Descended at within nea two miles of our destination and tramped the remainder, going out of our way but meeting a Jersey youth

coverage:Colts Neck, New Jersey

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-05-19

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Women
Transportation
Children
Stagecoaches
Travel

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