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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 52, August 8-9, 1853

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Identifier: DX04077977

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 52, August 8-9, 1853

Description: Describes his journey by railroad and the steamboat Mayflower on Lake Erie.


as they do, setting my very heart athirst for thee [Charlotte Whytal Kidder]!

I went back to my room, taking a little food at Erfords, and then sat up until 2 in the morning, doing a score of things. . . .

9. Tuesday . . . .preparing to going off. Then lay down, but slept not at all. Up by 4, and everything down, through a street or two of the slumbering city, (not without thought of what I had seen in these four years space, here;) and feeling that the time would be when all this present would be byegone, all, [Alfred] Waud, [William] Boutcher, acquaintances, strugglings, lovings, New-York journalizings &c — all off the scene, now so crowded. I wonder what Mary Bilton is thinking about this morning? / Aboard the boat, and across to the Erie Railroad. I’ve travelled this route twice ere this, so shall say no word about it now. The day wore on as usual with its infinite beauties of sunlight variations. At Hornellsville [Hornell] I branched off for Buffalo, there to the “Mayflower” steamboat, aboard which I was soon plowing the waters of Lake Erie. The boat was densely crowded, and I anticipated passing the night on six inches of table, as the Steward intimated. But my avocation as “[New York] Times Correspondent” which had effected marvels of civility by the way, failed not here. It got me a supper and the snuggest of state rooms, while less happy mortals couldn’t purchase the latter at any price. I was glad, being very weary. Five or six hundred miles of travel and two busy sleepless days proceeding it had tired me out. After head washing and cleaning &c I went to bed despite singing going on at a piano in the open saloon from

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-08

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Railroads
Great Lakes (North America)


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