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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 20, July 9-11, 1853

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Identifier: DX04049134

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 20, July 9-11, 1853

Description: Describes hearing stories from a man who had lived in California and the Pacific islands.

a fellow who had been in California told us divers stories touching grizzly bears, — the most formidable carnivore this continent can boast of. To room about 10, & scoring up to day’s doings, [Alfred] Waud in bed & having just knocked the lamp down by turning over in’s sleep, thereby greasing book & intimating it’s time for my going to bed, the which I shall do incontinently.

10. Sunday. A fine continuous rain falling, presenting the mountain scenery under a new aspect. All down the ravine below the Fall great clouds of smoke-like mist hover, or are slowly moving blotting out the distant mountains, and showing in strong relief the trees in the foreground. One of our Artist acquaintances appears, having journeyed from the Clove. To the foot of the Fall with him, Dillon [Mapother] being there. A party of folk from the mountain House also. Water let on the Fall. The morning wore on, [Alfred] Waud & Dillon chopped down a rotting hemlock on the cliff banks. Dinner. With the two for a little space into the wood by the road-side, Waud sketching, I & Dillon making a fire, & nearly succeeding in burning down a young hemlock. Rain increasing. To the house, doze & supper. Evening, sitting out on the little piazza fronting the house fumigating and conversing, all four of us, & some three others, one the returned Californian. Stories told, of bears, sharks, alligators, rattlesnakes, of Chinamen and of the Sandwich Islanders [Hawaiians]. Californian had lived in the Pacific isles for three months, & had much to tell of the people.

11. Monday. An hour after breakfasting, after divers farewell drinks (concocted by the Californian,) we set off for return to New York. All walked down to the Clove, and bathed at the fall

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-07-09

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Catskill Mountains (N.Y.)
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