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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 49, August 27-28, 1856

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Identifier: DX03646682

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 49, August 27-28, 1856

Description: Describes a walk through the Catskills.

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by dint of these, much scrambling through thickets and occasional climbing over the faces of steep rocks, got to the summit by 2 or so. Looking sheer down into the Clove below, the view was very beautiful, the buildings looking like toy-houses, and only the brawling of the streamlet heard. How beautiful too, the South or Blue Mountain rose opposite to us, all clad in the richest verdure, with the changing lights and shadows moving athwart it. To see it was to be thankful for existence. All to gathering whortle berries for an hour and then descent. A dance and festivities at the farm house at night, the music consisting of an irregularly shaped box with wires and corks in’t, played upon with two little toppers, worked with some skill and much industry by Palenvillan.

The ravine shows very grand and gloomy at night. Innumerable stars overhead, the great mountain walls on either side, the rush and roar of the waters down the little Dog Hole, and the clamor of [word crossed out] crickets. (A good spot to bring a murderer through, in a story, immediately after the deed, at midnight.)

I want thrice the leisure I have to secure the idlings of this pleasant week.

28. Thursday. Messrs [George] Edwards Senior and Junior not shewing up, we defer our excursion to the Falls proper, and all ascend the South Mountains, under convoy of a Mr Bonesall, who dwells in the farm house where the girls lodge, and is Mrs Williston's

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1856-08-27

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Nature
Catskill Mountains (N.Y.)
Diaries
Travel
Mountains

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