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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 51, August 28-29, 1856

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Identifier: DX03648390

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 51, August 28-29, 1856

Description: Describes a visit to the Falls at the Catskills.


stream, getting to Palenville about half and hour before the rest of the party.

29. Friday. All, in a big cart, off early for a visit to the Falls, via Mountain House, our driver being the performer on the"dulinner" before described. As we rattled along, talking, laughing and eating apples (of which there was a substratum beneath the straw of the cart) our driver picked up "the mail" — a small bundle of letters — lying in the road. Some circuit was rendered necessary in consequence of broken bridges. The day being fine, the air cheery and bracing, we sped along merrily, by fields of strongly smelling buckwheat, past land where men were ploughing, and up towards the mountains, sometimes getting out to explore a little fall, or to ease the horses. Halting at the halfway house, I saw old Peter Schmitt, who at present keeps that place of entertainment. (I understand from Falk that the old man and his son Lewis have quarreled, in consequence of the former getting into a habit of general booziness, incompatible with his usefulness.) The hut was ornamented by [B.G.] Stone’s lithograph of the Falls, published some two months back. Though not strictly faithful, and rather hugely wrought in point of effect — he's got midnight below, a storm coming on and, woods on fire above — 'tis, (thanks to the lithographer) every way better than I had expected, and so well done that Sol [Eytinve] and Alf Waud's chance is smashed. The project was, originally, Alfs but Sol

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-08-28

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Waterfalls
Catskill Mountains (N.Y.)


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