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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 50, August 28, 1856

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Identifier: DX03647536

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 50, August 28, 1856

Description: Describes a climb up the South Mountain in the Catskills.


brother. This gentleman did especially distinguish himself in the performance of jigs and horn-pipes last night. The day was a little overclouded, and promised rain, with some slight performance presently. For three fourths of the ascent, this mountain was more easily scaled than its neighbor; and having gained that elevation we pic-nicked on a big flat rock commanding a good view; subsequently making a sort of tent with leaves and branches to shield the girls [Sally, Matty, and Eliza Edwards] from a passing shower. That over, on again, through the densest of thickets. Here [Jesse] Haney, Jack [word crossed out] Edwards and I presently left all the rest behind, in our intention to reach the summit. Trees, trees — everywhere trees. The soil so rich in decaying vegetable matter that we went plunging through it mid leg deep, often. Great trunks only retaining the form, being giving way to the footstep. Up and over rocks, through brakes, bushes and brambles, ever upwards. Excelsior!

The extreme silence of these woods is remarkable, and almost oppressive. No chirp of bird or sharp chatter of squirrel. Only the soughing of wind in the branches, and the cracking of dried boughs sticks as you go plunging through them. When we reached the top, and each climbed lofty skeleton trees, to obtain a view over the surrounding verdure — — just the spot for the treasure discovery in [Edgar Allan] Poe's "Gold Bug" — I could well imagine the horror of being lost in the trackless forest —.Descended the bed of a mountain

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-08-28

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Mountains
Catskill Mountains (N.Y.)


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