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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 12, July 4, 1853

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Identifier: DX04041939

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 12, July 4, 1853

Description: Describes his journey to the Mountain House at the Catskill Mountains.

to us, giving us back our own information with ill-contrived circumstantial lies of his own. Also he charged me sixpence for a minimum glass of milk, the which I could have gotten in New York for a cent. Wherefore I set him down as a humbug and an Imposition, albeit he did come out & sweep a flat stone, giving us the information that it was “old Rip Van Winkle’s bed.” Anon came [Alfred] Waud & Dillon [Mapother] from the rear. We had passed them, & they had not yet reached this shanty. Coach came. We all walked on, Mr [Henry] Hart & I leisurely, Dillon & Waud out-speeding us. Suddenly the trees on our left ceased for a short space, and then from the mountain side what a view had we! Far far down below, trees above trees, rye and barley fields, the Hudson like a white streamlet winding onwards, and beyond that for miles away. Trudging along, steeper yet the path becomes, and at length we sit and await the carriage. Enter it and onwards, keen faced man is communicative touching a bear he chased for two days four years ago. Tangled curls has the bough with clustering cherries on ’t I gave her time back, and (the which of course she took sans acknowledgment,) and munches ‘em quietly. The Mountain House. A spacious, handsomely built wooden hotel, on the very brow and summit of the mountain. Passing through it, we stand on a broad esplanade in its rear. And then, the glorious burst of rich beauty, albeit waning light dimmed its detail. Far as the eye could see, all around, one

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-07-04

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Catskill Mountains (N.Y.)
Diaries
Nature
Travel
Mountains
Hotels
Bears
Hudson River (N.Y. and N.J.)

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